Prosecutors named three suspects to be resonsible for collision
The Norwegian police has registered three persons as suspects in the collision of the "Sola TS" and the "Helge Ingstad" on Nov 9, 2018, namely the pilot on board the tanker, the duty officer on board the frigate and an employee at the VTS center in Fedre who had all three key roles in the incident. The pilot on the "Sola TS" was suspected of breaking the navigation rules regarding its course and giving the correct signals to the frigate, which was heading towards the tanker. Also the duty officer on board the frigate was suspected for possible breaches of the navigation rules and negligently causing an accident that could have cost human life. The suspect from the VTS Center may face charges of serious negligence. He had an independent responsibility as a traffic controller in the area.
Months after the collision of the "Helge Ingstad" and the "Sola TS", the Accident Investigation Board recreated the collision between the frigate and the "Sola TS" in the Hjeltefjord in the night of Apr 1/2. The Accident Investigation Board wanted to get an impression of what the crew on the bridge of the "Helge Ingstad" saw. It blew more in the night and therefore there were more waves on the Hjeltefjord than at the accident night, but the visibility conditions were good enough for the AIBN to get an idea of what the guard duty of the "Helge Ingstad" saw before the collision. Preparations started right after midnight. The frigate KNM "Roald Amundsen" - a sister ship of the "Helge Instad" was at 01.10 on the way with 20 knots into the fjord on the same course as the "Helge Ingstad". The "Sola TS" also had the same course as the accident night. Exactly at 01.32 a.m. the vessels passed each other. At a safe distance. The frigate chose to go to starboard and passed the "Sola TS" on the tanker's port side. Subsequently, the reconstruction was repeated. This time with lower speed and again they passed each other in good distance. This time the frigate went on the tanker's starboard side, as happened before the "Helge Ingstad" was hit by the "Sola TS" in November in the fjord. The Accident Investigation Board has previously stated in its preliminary report that the frigate just before the collision failed to separate the lights on the tanker from the underlying lights from the terminal, where Sola TS had been lying at the quay. Therefore, it was important for the AIBN to try to reconstruct what the helmsman of the "Helge Ingstad" had seen that night. Norwegian reports with photos and video: https://www.nrk.no/hordaland/havarikommisjonen-gjenskapte-fregattulykken-i-natt-1.14498925 https://www.tu.no/artikler/rekonstruerte-knm-helge-ingstads-bevegelser/461999
Repairs of collision damage completed
The "Sola TS" left Gdansk on Dec 13 at 9.15 a.m. after repairs of collision damage. She moored on the Gdansk anchorage at 11 a.m. prior to its departure to Ust-Luga. By Dec 17 she remained anchored in pos. 54° 27.82' N 018° 42.58' E. The tanker berthed at Ust-Luga on Dec 24 at noon as first port of call after repairs and sailed again on Dec 26 at 6 a.m., bound for Rotterdam, ETA Dec 31.Upload News