Sola TS cleared to sail
The "Sola TS" has been cleared of all required condition assessments and relevant formalities to continue her voyage to her port of destination, on Nov 9. The Managers Emergency Response Team together with the vessel's Master, officers and crew have extended their full cooperation to the Norwegian Authorities conducting their investigation into the incident. In addition, the Classification Society inspectors have inspected the minor damage sustained to the bow well above the waterline and have cleared the vessel to sail to its initial destination. The "Solo TS" sailed early on Nov 10. She moored at the Tetney Oil Monobuoy off Grimsby on Nov 13. The tanker left the mooring off Immingham after unlaoding its cargo during two days, on Nov 14 around 4 p.m. and headed to Gdynia for repairs, ETA Nov 18.
Tanker held in Hjelte Fjord
While the tug "Tenax" held the "Sola TS", which had only slight damage at the anchor on starboard side and the bulbous bow, in position 60° 42.64' N 004° 49.60' E in the Hjelte Fjord, efforts continued to stabilize the capsized fregate KNM "Helge Ingstad" at Seløyna which was resting on three points of the rocky bottom with a list of 60 degrees to starboard, but was still moving on the bottom. Only small amounts of diesel fuel were escaping from the flooded aft and contained within a boom. The fregate had on board 380 tons diesel as well as helicopter fuel and some bunkers. The anti pollution vessel "Utvær" reached the site on Nov 8 at 7 p.m. Crews started to drill holes into the rock on shore to fix wires which should be connected to the fregate to keep it in its position. Five attachments were on the frigate and ten fasting points on land. The Sture Terminal remained closed for the time being. The coastal administration decided in consulation with the Norwegian Navy that the government will take over the further action which meant that the Coastal Administration would be responsible for the anti pollution work and the Navy for the salvage under its supervision. The Coastal Administration had to vessels, nine depots, 1.000 meters oil boom and the patrol boat "Tor" ready. The plan was to lift the "Helge Ingstad" onto a barge, remove the ammunition and take her to the main Navy base Haakonsvern off Bergen, which is 19 miles away. The length of the salvage operation depended on several factors including wind and sea state. The police meanwhile launched its technical and tacital investigations and innterogated crews of both ships. What was known was that the tanker left the Equinor terminal at 3.43 a.m. Two tugs towed it away, the bow tug unhooked after the ship was turned around. The "Tenax" continued its escort. At 4.03 a.m. the fregate suddenly emerged off the bow. She was heading northward to the Haakonsvern base without sending AIS signals and was hit by the tanker with a speed of 7,2 knots. Immediately she suffered severe water ingress in the quarters in the aft wich could not be controlled. The hull was penetrated underneath and above the water line. When the fregate started to issue AIS signals at 4.04 a.m., she was already stopped and adrift. Soon after the evacuation of the crew of 137 was decided. At 4.50 a.m. the evacuation started. Eight soldiers had suffered slight injuries, two of them, aged 20 and 25, were taken to the university hospital in Haukeland. At 6.40 a.m. all but 10 were taken off. As the ship was threatend to sink in a water depth of 30 meters, it was tried to push it onto the shore with tugs. After the remaining 10 had left the ship too, the SAR operation was officially ended at 8 a.m. An exclusion zone of 1.500 meters on the water and 1.000 meters ashore was established. The closure of five oil fields in the surroundings was meanwhile lifted. Norwegian report with photos: https://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/i/9m1g99/milliardfregatt-med-massive-skader-etter-kollisjon-som-en-rambukk?utm_content=row-1&utm_source=vgfront
Norwegian fregate sank after collision with tanker
Coming from the NATO manoever Trident Juncture the Norwegian fregate KNM "Helge Ingstad - F 313" was in collision with the "Sola TS" on Nov 8, 2018, at 4 a.m. off the oil terminal in the Øygarden municipality in Hordaland. The fregate was breached at starboard side and started to list. The ship was threatened to sink with its stern being submerged. The pumps could not cope with the water ingress. 10 tons fuel leaked into the water. Seven persons suffered slight injuries. The fregate had a crew of 137 on board. 127 were initially taken off with life rafts. At 6.30 a.m. the commander decided that also the remaining 10 had to abandon ship. All were taken to the Sure Terminal. The lifeboat "Kristian Gerhard Jebsen II" was involved in the rescue mission. Only the commander of the frigate went aboard the "Sjøbrand", a boat of the Bergen Fire Department. There were reports of smoke development on the ship, and specially trained fie fighters were on standby, though it was not confirmed that there was a fire on board. The crew of 23 of the tanker which had sailed from Sure at 3.50 a.m. were uninjured. The ship suffered only slight damage. On scene at the tanker were the tug "Tenax" (IMO: 9348716) and the pilot boat "Los 131" (MMSI: 257299000) and kept the tanker which had 625,000 barrels of crude oil on board, in pos. 60° 43.09' N 004° 48.35' E in the Hjelte Fjord. The fregate, which meanwhile was pulled to shallows in pos. 60° 38.24' N 004° 51.87' E, was surrounded by the SAR-ship "Roede Kors Hordaland" (MMSI-No.: 258206500), the offshore-tug "Stril Herkules" (IMO-No.: 94042599, the tugs "Velox" (IMO-No.: 9317066), "Tronds Lax" (IMO-No: 9451252) and "Ajax" (IMO-No.: 9210983), the Norwegian fregate "Thor Heyerdahl" (MMSI-No.: 259045000), the Navy units "Steil" (MMSI-No.: 259049000), "Sleipner" (MMSI-No.: 259046000) and "Skudd" (MMSI-No.: 259048000) as well as the fire boat "Øygarden Brannvesen" (MMSI-No.: 257820600) and the patrol boat "Bergen" (IMO-No.: 9389368) of the Norwegian Coastguard. The chairman of Øygarden, Børge Haugetun, set up a crisis command in the town hall of the municipality. An exclusion zone was established. The oil and energy company Equinor closed down the Sture terminal. The employees were evacuated. The production of the oil fields Ivar Aasen und Edvard Grieg was stopped. At 10.30 a.m. the starboard list of the fregate started to increase faster, and the ship settled on the bottom. Reports with photos and video: https://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/i/OndG5l/tankskip-og-fregatt-kolliderte-i-hordaland-fregatten-i-fare-for-aa-gaa-ned https://www.aftenbladet.no/aenergi/i/ddexAA/-Desperat-kamp-for-a-redde-milliardfregatten---holder-pa-a-kantre https://www.bt.no/nyheter/lokalt/i/p62oaW/Fregatten-er-i-ferd-med-a-kantre---kraftig-slagside https://www.nrk.no/hordaland/fregatt-og-tankskip-kollidert-_-stor-redningsaksjon-1.14284176 https://www.nrk.no/nyheter/tankskip-og-fregatt-kolliderte-1.14284192 https://www.dagbladet.no/video/z8P2x8617m8 https://www.tu.no/artikler/alle-ombord-blir-evakuert-fra-knm-helge-ingstad-etter-kollisjon-med-tankbat/450626 https://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/i/OndLnO/saa-mye-koster-fregatten-helge-ingstad https://www.bt.no/nyheter/lokalt/i/p62oaW/Tankbat-og-krigsskip-kolliderte--atte-personer-er-skadd#&gid=1&pid=1 https://www.bt.no/nyheter/lokalt/i/p62oaW/Tankbat-og-krigsskip-kolliderte--atte-personer-er-skadd http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/norwegen-mehrere-verletzte-bei-kollision-von-tankschiff-und-fregatte-a-1237314.htmlUpload News