Frigate’s captain finally speaks out

Six weeks after Norway’s doomed frigate KNM Helge Ingstad collided with a tanker and sank, its commander Preben Ottesen has finally granted an interview. He told Oslo newspaper VG newspaper that he doesn’t feel he shirked his duty, nor does he feel any shame, only sadness over seeing his warship badly damaged, tipping over and mostly […]

Fire, explosions closed metro stations

A fire that broke out in one of the Oslo metro system’s main tunnels during the night set off explosions that also caused damage at the public transport hub at Helsfyr on the city’s east side. Metro (T-bane) stations at Helsfyr, Ensjø and Løren were all closed Monday morning, making it difficult for tens of […]

Video reveals huge damage to frigate

Norway’s defense department released underwater video on Friday showing, for the first time, just how extensive the damage is to the frigate KNM Helge Ingstad after it collided with a tanker last month. Another maritime expert, meanwhile, claims accident investigators are “undercommunicating” the frigate crew’s responsibility for the collision that could have resulted in a much […]

Snow halted prime minister’s car

It started snowing in Oslo just before the weekend, adding to the upcoming holiday atmosphere but causing problems for guests leaving a prominent julebord (pre-holiday party), at which Prime Minister Erna Solberg and other politicians were among the guests. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that the party was attended by around 100 journalists who regularly cover political issues […]

More challenge collision report

Both the owner of the tanker that collided with the frigate KNM Helge Ingstad and workers at the shipyard where the frigate was built have challenged a preliminary report on the collision issued last week by Norway’s state accident investigation board. That follows accusations that the report has downplayed the role of the crew on […]

Weather delays frigate salvage

Norwegian naval officials don’t think they’ll be able to raise the wreckage of the frigate KNM Helge Ingstad until after the Christmas holidays, because of what they call “demanding weather conditions.” Salvage crews did manage, however, to remove the frigate’s missiles this week. Newspaper Bergens Tidende reported that the weather was good until Monday afternoon, […]

Ex-maritime chief blasts frigate report

A former top official at Norway’s state maritime directorate who’s also a veteran of the UN’s International Maritime Organzation (IMO) is strongly criticizing a preliminary report on last month’s collision and near sinking of the frigate KNM Helge Ingstad. He claims the report downplays the responsibility of the frigate’s crew, and calls the collision “an […]

Navy scrambles to fix vessel faults

The serious collision between a Norwegian frigate and a fully-laden tanker northeast of Bergen earlier this month is already having some consequences. Accident investigators have found fault with the frigate’s supposedly water-tight compartment design, while the Navy is also tightening rules for when the frigates and other military vessels can turn off their Automatic Indentification […]

Human error likely in frigate collision

Norway’s state accident investigation board issued a preliminary report on Thursday in which it found “no indications that technical systems did not function as expected,” prior to the dramatic collision between a Norwegian frigate and a tanker earlier this month. That suggests human error, investigators acknowledged, while noting that “no single act or incident” was […]

Frigate questions frustrate minister

He hasn’t resorted to calling them “enemies of the people,” like US President Donald Trump has, but Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen has definitely come out swinging against inquisitive reporters. He thinks they’ve been asking far too many questions after a Norwegian frigate collided with a tanker earlier this month. “It’s quite unique that an […]