Tanker rams Norwegian Navy frigate tearing hole in its side

Oil tanker & Norwegian Navy frigate ‘collide’ off country’s coast, 7 reported injured

"[The collision is] fairly unusual given that one is a highly modern military vessel - the pride of the Norwegian navy - which should detect and avoid a huge tanker".

A rescue operation is underway after a Norwegian Navy frigate reportedly lost control and collided with an oil tanker off Norway's coast.

The footage, which was posted on Twitter, shows the warship resting on its side in shallow water near the coastline where the vessel was beached to avoid sinking.

In connection with the collision between the frigate KNM Helge Ingstad and the tanker Sola TS at the Sture terminal in Øygarden Equinor will gradually shut down operations at Sture. Seven people were injured.

The tanker, which has a crew of 23, was returning to port for inspection.

The ship, which had recently taken part in the vast North Atlantic Treaty Organisation drill Trident Juncture in Norway, is "strongly listing", Rear Admiral Stensoenes told a news conference.

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Norway's Accident Investigation Board said a towboat was also involved in the accident.

The shipping site Sysla said the tanker had been loaded with crude oil and was being towed out of the harbor when it somehow rammed the frigate.

"It took on a lot of water and there is a real danger that it sinks where it is", a rescue official told AFP. The Sola TS is not reported to have suffered any damage.

A long gash that appears to be 50-70 feet long opened her hull to the frigid waters of the North Sea, and the Ingstad began to take on water.

There are no reports as to when the damaged navy vessel, which is part of NATO's Atlantic fleet, will be salvaged.

According to the Norwegian Coastal Administration, a 10-cubic metre helicopter fuel tank on the frigate was ruptured. The Sture terminal, Reuters reports in its latest update of the accident, will be shut down as a precaution. Both Norway's Accident Investigation Board and Malta's Marine Safety Investigation Unit will investigate the collision, as the tanker was registered in Malta.

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