Oil tanker and frigate collide off Norway, 7 injured

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A Royal Norwegian Navy frigate has collided with a Malta-registered oil tanker in a fjord in Norway as it was returning from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation exercise Trident Juncture. Seven people were slightly injured.

The tanker, which had an uninjured crew of 23, returned to port for inspection.

The main phase of the Trident Juncture 2018 training - in which more than 40,000 troops from 30 member countries and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners participated - took place from October 25 to November 7 in Norway and its surroundings.

The company is in a dialogue with Norwegian authorities and has mobilized emergency resources to assist the police and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre.

Oil output from the fields delivering to the Sture terminal was around 350,000 barrels per day in August, the latest data available from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate showed.

Update: Frigate understood to sustain stb bow hull breach with massive water ingress, she's said to develop heavy bow tilt. "Several offshore rigs that were pumping their production into the Sture terminal -a major export oil terminal- was shut down temporarily 'as a precautionary measure".

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

A source told AFP news agency a "small oil slick" was detected from the warship and that "it took on a lot of water and there is a real danger that it sinks where it is". He declined to comment on what would happen to the weapons on board the ship.

Coast guard deputy director Johan Marius Ly said helicopter fuel has leaked from the frigate.

There are no reports as to when the damaged navy vessel, which is part of NATO's Atlantic fleet, will be salvaged.

An investigation into the causes of the incident will be launched today, in collaboration with the Defense Accident Investigation Board Norway (DAIBN) and the Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) from Malta.

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