NATO Incompetence: Norwegian Frigate Crashes Into Tanker Then Capsizes


Daily Mail
Norwegian NATO frigate ‘was warned it was on a collision course’ with oil tanker but said ‘We’ve got control’… before smashing into the vessel and running aground

One of the biggest warships in the Norwegian navy was warned repeatedly it was on a collision course with a Britain-bound oil tanker before the two vessels smashed into each other, it has been claimed.

Crew on board the KNM Helge Instad, part of a NATO fleet in the Atlantic, insisted they ‘had control’ before smashing into Sola TS in Sture, north of Bergen, Norway.

The frigate had received alerts from the tanker and from the Coastal Maritime Traffic Center Fedje VTS, sources have told the Norwegian news website Aldrimer. But ship management are said to have responded: ‘We are in control’ in the run-up to the crash.

Some 10,000 litres of helicopter fuel from the frigate has leaked into the sea after the collision tore a large hole in its side, the military said. The frigate’s 137 crew members were evacuated amid fears that it may sink.

Eight people on the KNM Helge Instad were injured in the 4am collision said Rear Adm. Nils Andreas Stensoenes, the head of Norway’s navy. Two of them were taken to a nearby hospital.

The ship, which had recently taken part in the vast Trident Juncture NATO military drill in Norway, is ‘strongly listing,’ Stensoenes told a news conference Thursday afternoon. The frigate was lying in the water almost on its side with its stern under the water.

The 442ft long frigate, built in Spain in 2009, is part of a NATO fleet in the Atlantic. The alliance has been informed of the accident, he said.

The Maltese-flagged oil tanker, Sola TS, was not damaged and its 23-man crew remained on board. The shipping site Sysla reported the tanker had been loaded with crude oil and was on its way to Britain.

Stensoenes said the cause of the accident was not clear and the Navy would wait for the findings of Norway’s Accident Investigation Board. Earlier reports had said a towboat was also involved in the collision, but Stensoenes denied that report.

He said the frigate had been pushed by towboats into shallow water where it could not sink fully.

‘We are in a security phase for the time being,’ he said. He declined to comment on what would happen to the weapons on board the ship.

Some 10,000 liters of helicopter fuel from the frigate has leaked into the sea, said Johan Marius Ly of the Norwegian Coast Guard. The fuel was expected to evaporate quickly.

Norway’s largest oil and gas company, Equinor, formerly known as Statoil, said its non-emergency activities at the Sture terminal where the collision occurred were shut down as a precaution for many hours but were gradually starting up again late Thursday afternoon.

The Accident Investigation Board said because the tanker is Maltese-registered, the Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) of Malta will participate in the investigation.

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  1. As the main route north out of Bergen passing a major oil terminal this is a highly regulated stretch of water with any ship over 80m long having to request permission to enter one hour before doing so. Constant contact with the maritime control center is enforced. Strangely the figate didn’t switch its AIS on until after the collision.

  2. LS…
    Our Prime Minister Mark Rutte told the press: The Russians did it ! But there were no flying magnetrons around ?!

  3. Courts Marshall followed by being made to walk the plank. How can you command a ship in battle if you can’t navigate the same ship in peace. The ships still have windows in the bridge? Operations room be damned.

  4. Hmmmmmm, first two U.S. Navy ships collide with Chinese freighters earlier this year and now a Norwegian vessel collides with an oil tanker. Is their a connection here? Or coincidence?
    Of course it could be someone was asleep at the wheel.
    Or someone gave a direct order.
    “We have investigated ourselves and found no one was at fault.” Norwegian Navy spokesperson.
    Next time get some real sailors….Vikings! They may though, want to raid a few monasteries on the British coast, ………”What’s in your wallet?”
    Any videos? Another Youboob addition to boating fails. Like the ones with drunken rednecks trying to launch a boat, or removing one from the water….boat ramp follies.
    Was the boat made from Norwegian Wood?
    So I lit a fire, isn’t it good, Norwegian Wood.

  5. I would think they would have at least a couple of lookouts on deck.The tanker has plenty of lights.This should be a lesson learned on the risks of depending entirely on instruments

  6. What about a compromised Chip in their computers ? You know that Talpiot infiltrated every computer worldwide and Norway denied to be blackmailed by I. to suck money from their country for the cabal

  7. ” The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest of the world’s oceans, with an area of about 106,460,000 square kilometers (41,100,000 square miles).[2][3] It covers approximately 20 percent of the Earth’s surface and about 29 percent of its water surface area. It separates the “Old World” from the “New World”.”
    It’s more profound when stated 41 million square miles.
    Live Map current marine traffic –

  8. Damn peculiar. Norwegians are some of the best sailors in the world. They are not known for making these kind of mistakes. I am willing to bet the OOD is going to be busted to seaman recruit.

  9. My first two thoughts are, Norwegian sailors are reputable. The exercise ended with renewed calls for a EU military. “French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a “true European army” to counter threats from major powers like the U.S., China and Russia.”
    This series of collisions have many similarities. Is it time to examine electronic warfare as an active scenario playing out on the oceans ? I can see the upside to preventing public discourse on the subject, especially now, but also the danger is power could be shifting without an informed populace. It could all be an accident, or it could be negligence regarding “duty to warn”.

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