Norway has evacuated the entire crew of one of its warships after it collided in a fjord with a Greek-managed oil tanker.
Seven people were slightly injured in the collision in Hjeltefjord, near Bergen, in the early hours of Thursday, rescuers say.
Officials said the KNM Helge Ingstad may sink after the collision with tanker Sola TS.
Oh jeez, daylight photo by Eirik Brekke shows extent of damage to the Norwegian Aegis frigate #HelgeIngstad after collision with oil tanker #Sola, in fjord north of Bergen. She was returning from #TridentJuncture2018. Was driven aground to prevent sinking. pic.twitter.com/x58huixr3w
— Timothy Choi (@TimDotChoi) November 8, 2018
It is reported that water has penetrated inside the frigate. 7 people were injured. All 137 crew members were evacuated. pic.twitter.com/M2PuOJg2c6
— Sukhoi Su-57 frazor🇷🇺🇮🇳 (@I30mki) November 8, 2018
The Maltese-flagged tanker, managed by the Tsakos Group based in Athens, had left an oil shipment terminal with a cargo of North Sea crude oil, Reuters news agency reports. It was only slightly damaged and it appears that it has not spilled any oil.
The KNM Helgeelge Ingstad had been returning from NATO military exercises.