COPENHAGEN, Denmark — An oil tanker rammed a Norwegian navy frigate Thursday in a harbor on the country’s western coast, tearing a large hole in its side, the military said.
The frigate’s 137 crew members were evacuated amid fears that it may sink.
Two of them were taken to a nearby hospital.
The ship, which had recently taken part in the vast Trident Juncture NATO military drill in Norway, is “strongly listing,” Stensoenes told a news conference Thursday afternoon. The frigate was lying in the water almost on its side with its stern under the water.
The 134-meter (442-foot) long frigate, built in Spain in 2009, is part of a NATO fleet in the Atlantic. The alliance has been informed of the accident, he said.
The Maltese-flagged oil tanker, Sola TS, was not damaged and its 23-man crew remained on board. The shipping site Sysla reported the tanker had been loaded with crude oil and was on its way to Britain.
Stensoenes said the cause of the accident was not clear and the Navy would wait for the findings of Norway's Accident Investigation Board. Earlier reports had said a towboat was also involved in the collision, but Stensoenes denied that report.
He said the frigate had been pushed by towboats into shallow water where it could not sink fully.
"We are in a security phase for the time being," he said. He declined to comment on what would happen to the weapons on board the ship.