Helge Ingstad: Norway’s warship collides with tanker in fjord

Media captionThe KNM Helge Ingstad takes in H2O amid fears that it competence sink

Norway has evacuated all 137 organisation from one of a warships after it collided in a fjord with a Maltese oil tanker.

Eight people were easily harmed in a collision in a Hjeltefjord nearby Bergen. The KNM Helge Ingstad frigate has been inventory dangerously.

The warship had been returning from Nato troops exercises. The tanker, a Sola TS, was somewhat shop-worn and it appears that it did not brief oil.

The occurrence led to a shutdown of a vital oil depot and a gas plant.

What is famous about Thursday’s incident?

The dual vessels collided during about 04:00 internal time (03:00 GMT) as a frigate was sailing middle fjords for training, officials say.

The tanker had already left Equinor’s Sture oil depot with a load of North Sea crude, Reuters news group reports.

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The Norwegian frigate (right) assimilated a Belgian warship and other Nato vessels for exercises final month

“Due to a repairs to a frigate it was changed to a protected place,” Nato’s Allied Maritime Command pronounced in a statement.

The tanker, that has a organisation of 23, returned to pier for inspection.

It was not immediately transparent what had caused a collision.

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What about mercantile damage?

The Sture trade oil terminal, as good as a Kollsnes gas plant and several offshore oilfields, were close down as a prevision though resumed operation on Thursday afternoon, Equinor pronounced in a statement.

The Sture depot is a vital tanker port, with roughly 25% of Norway’s oil prolongation flitting by a facility.

Meanwhile, a Kollsnes plant processes gas from several fields for a series of European countries, including a UK.

It was not immediately famous how a proxy closure of a comforts would impact on indiscriminate gas prices.

An unnamed central told AFP news group that a “small oil slick” had been rescued from a frigate.

“It took on a lot of H2O and there is a genuine risk that it sinks where it is,” a central said.

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