Update: Frigate, oil tanker collide off western Norway, injuring 8

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-08 19:43:14|Editor: xuxin
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OSLO, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- A Norwegian navy frigate collided with an oil tanker off Norway's western coast Thursday, injuring eight people, and rescuers were trying to stop the navy ship from sinking.

There were 137 people aboard the KNM Helge Ingstad frigate and 23 others on the Sola TS tanker when the collision occurred outside the Sture Terminal, an oil terminal 50 km northwest of Bergen, Norway, according to VG newspaper.

The frigate took water after the collision, which occurred at 04:26 (0326 GMT) on Thursday morning, the Norwegian Armed Forces said in a statement.

All 137 people on board the navy vessel have been evacuated while eight people have suffered minor injuries, it said.

The frigate grounded near the Sture Terminal and lopsided a lot to one side, public broadcaster NRK's live television report from the scene showed.

The Malta-registered Greek Aframax tanker Sola TS sustained only slight damage, Aftenposten newspaper reported.

There were no reports of any oil spill from the tanker. The Sture Terminal was closed after the collision.

The frigate was on its way home to the Haakonsvern base of the Royal Norwegian Navy on the western coast after taking part in NATO's Trident Juncture 2018 military exercise, which took place from Oct. 25 to Nov. 7 in Norway.