All crew evacuated from Norwegian frigate after collision with Tsakos tanker

A Tsakos aframax and a naval frigate collided last night off Norway with the Norwegian ship driven aground to prevent it from sinking.

The KNM Helge Ingstad was returning from a NATO exercise while the Sola TS tanker had just departed Equinor’s Sture oil terminal with a cargo of North Sea crude when the accident happened in calm waters.

The frigate quickly took on water and all 137 crew were evacuated with six treated for light injuries.

No oil spill has been detected and the cause of the accident has yet to be determined.



Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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