OSLO, Jan 16 (Reuters) – A Norwegian naval officer is on trial on Monday accused of negligence that led to the 2018 collision between a warship he commanded and an oil tanker that sank the navy vessel.
Constructing a alternative for the misplaced Helge Ingstad frigate would value as much as 13 billion kroner ($1.3 billion), the armed forces estimated in a 2019 report.
The early morning collision between Ingstad and the totally loaded Sola TS crude provider close to a significant oil export terminal within the North Sea additionally triggered shutdowns of elements of Norway’s oil manufacturing. There was no leakage from the oil tank.
Members of the 137-strong Ingstad crew described waking up in the midst of the evening as water poured into their cabins and alarms went off as they tried in useless to save lots of the ship, though they suffered solely minor injury.
The defendant was then the accountable officer on the bridge to Ingstad.
“He didn’t train warning and didn’t take the precautions that secure crusing requires,” prosecutor Magne Kvamme Sylta mentioned within the indictment.
The defendant believes that he was unfairly singled out for guilt and can plead not responsible, says his lawyer, Christian Lundin, to the Norwegian information company NTB.
Recordings of communications between the 2 vessels confirmed that the slow-moving Sola repeatedly requested the quicker Ingstad to change its course or face a collision, however the request was refused by the Navy ship, which feared getting too near land.
A fee investigating the collision later mentioned that the brightly lit Sola TS could have been tough to differentiate from the close by terminal from which it had taken off, complicated the Ingstad crew.
A video footage from the tanker confirmed sparks flying as the 2 collided, tearing a gash within the aspect of the warship, which was later recycled as scrap steel. The tanker suffered solely minor injury.
The collision uncovered security gaps within the Norwegian navy, together with insufficient coaching and threat evaluation programs. The Ministry of Protection later paid a advantageous of 10 million kroner.
Reporting by Terje Solsvik and Gwladys Fouche; Enhancing by Nick Macfie
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