Coming from the NATO manoever Trident Juncture the Norwegian fregate KNM “Helge Ingstad – F 313” was in collision with the “Sola TS” on Nov 8, 2018, at 4 a.m. off the oil terminal in the Øygarden municipality in Hordaland. The fregate was breached at starboard side and started to list. The ship was threatened to sink with its stern being submerged.
The pumps could not cope with the water ingress. 10 tons fuel leaked into the water. Seven persons suffered slight injuries. The fregate had a crew of 137 on board. 127 were initially taken off with life rafts. At 6.30 a.m. the commander decided that also the remaining 10 had to abandon ship. All were taken to the Sure Terminal. The lifeboat “Kristian Gerhard Jebsen II” was involved in the rescue mission. Only the commander of the frigate went aboard the “Sjøbrand”, a boat of the Bergen Fire Department. There were reports of smoke development on the ship, and specially trained fie fighters were on standby, though it was not confirmed that there was a fire on board. The crew of 23 of the tanker which had sailed from Sure at 3.50 a.m. were uninjured. The ship suffered only slight damage. On scene at the tanker were the tug “Tenax” (IMO: 9348716) and the pilot boat “Los 131” (MMSI: 257299000) and kept the tanker which had 625,000 barrels of crude oil on board, in pos. 60° 43.09′ N 004° 48.35′ E in the Hjelte Fjord. The fregate, which meanwhile was pulled to shallows in pos. 60° 38.24′ N 004° 51.87′ E, was surrounded by the SAR-ship “Roede Kors Hordaland” (MMSI-No.: 258206500), the offshore-tug “Stril Herkules” (IMO-No.: 94042599, the tugs “Velox” (IMO-No.: 9317066), “Tronds Lax” (IMO-No: 9451252) and “Ajax” (IMO-No.: 9210983), the Norwegian fregate “Thor Heyerdahl” (MMSI-No.: 259045000), the Navy units “Steil” (MMSI-No.: 259049000), “Sleipner” (MMSI-No.: 259046000) and “Skudd” (MMSI-No.: 259048000) as well as the fire boat “Øygarden Brannvesen” (MMSI-No.: 257820600) and the patrol boat “Bergen” (IMO-No.: 9389368) of the Norwegian Coastguard. The chairman of Øygarden, Børge Haugetun, set up a crisis command in the town hall of the municipality. An exclusion zone was established. The oil and energy company Equinor closed down the Sture terminal. The employees were evacuated. The production of the oil fields Ivar Aasen und Edvard Grieg was stopped. At 10.30 a.m. the starboard list of the fregate started to increase faster, and the ship settled on the bottom.
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