Navy ship takes on water after Tsakos aframax collision

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A Norwegian navy frigate and an oil tanker from Malta collided in Øygarden in western Norway.

The Norwegian frigate KNM Helge Ingstad takes on water after a collision with the tanker Sola TS, in Oygarden, Norway, Thursday Nov. 8, 2018.

There were 137 people aboard the KNM Helge Ingstad frigate and 23 others on the Sola TS tanker when the collision occurred outside the Sture Terminal, an oil terminal 50 km northwest of Bergen, Norway, according to VG newspaper.

Eight people were slightly injured, and the 127-strong crew were taken off the frigate.

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The tanker had already left Equinor's Sture oil terminal with a cargo of North Sea crude, Reuters news agency reports. Two are being treated in hospital.

Pictures show the 5,290 ton, 440 foot frigate lying low in the water as it sinks beneath the waves.

The Sture terminal receives oil via pipelines from North Sea fields, including Oseberg, Grane, Svalin, Edvard Grieg and Ivar Aasen, which in turn is exported to global markets on tankers. Norway's Accident Investigation Board said a towboat was also involved in the accident, but didn't say how.

"According to our assessments, there's no reason to believe that anything, like an accident, could happen with the weapons" on board, he said. Aframax tanker in full load is restricted in maneuverability by definition, while frigate, by definition, is speedy maneuverable vehicle, supposedly always ready for risky situation, manned by a numerous crew. The fuel was expected to evaporate quickly.

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The frigate is part of a Nato fleet in the Atlantic and the alliance has been informed of the accident, he told reporters.

It is unclear what caused the collision but several oil and gas terminals were shut down as a precaution. The Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) of Malta will also participate in the investigation, the AIBN added.

Officials said the KNM Helge Ingstad could sink after the collision, reported at 4:15am today.

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