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Be on the bridge when a frigate is thrown – "We confirm that there is an American exchanger on board KNM Helge Ingstad



More than two weeks have passed since KNM Helge Ingstal collided with a tanker TS Solla on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Americans at the bridge when clashed with KNM Helge Ingstad

An American officer remained on the bridge to the frigate KNM "Helge Ingstad" when he collided with Sola tanker.

Earlier it was known that Americans served the frigate as part of an exchange program, but Bergens Tidende now confirms it is on the brink of collapse. The Norwegian police questioned the officer, according to the newspaper.

BT also writes that a policeman "was involved in training the bridge".

"We doubt the whole team that was on board when the clash happened and we are now investigating the course of events," said Frode Carlsen, head of the division in the Western Police District.

Did the American have a connection to the clash?

– Will be in detail. The investigation will clarify this, "says Carlsen.

To Dagbladet, press officers and information in the Navy, Thomas Gjesdal, say:

"We confirm that there is an American exchange officer on the KNM board" Helge Ingstad ", as part of an exchange program between the United States and the Norwegian Navy. The exchange program was established to share experiences and provide a basis for good co-operation between the two marines.

Gjesdal says:

«US director of cabin exchange KNM Helge Ingstad has a status of training and does not assume any independent role»
Thomas Gessal, Navy

– If events or situations involving this staff occur, the obligation under the current status agreements is to notify the authorities sending the military authorities about the incident and to ensure that these authorities contact the involved national authorities. Accordingly, US military officials were informed about the incident and contacted the affected Norwegian authorities.

"US director of exchange of KNM Helge Ingstad has the status of training and does not take any independent role," Gishal said.

Detailed planning and preparation for raising the vessel is underway. Here is a crowned Gulliver. Photo by Paul Smundsen / NTB scanpix

Detailed planning and preparation for raising the vessel is underway. Here is a crowned Gulliver. Photo by Paul Smundsen / NTB scanpix
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Night to Wednesday

The night is calm, according to Thomas Gijsal, a media and information officer in the navy.

– We are constantly monitoring the movements of the ship and we evaluate the current maintenance and the additional fuse. The Rambiz raising machine arrives today at Hanøytangen, he says.

SubseaPartner with a diving boat MS Risøy arrives today at the victim center and starts preparations for discharging fuel tanks, known as the emergency solution of KNM "Helge Ingstad".

– This is a new stage in shipbuilding work. An urgent solution has been made to reduce the risk of emissions related to the next phase of work, which will raise the vessel to a submersible ship and further transport to Haakonsvern, "says Gjesdal.

The Armed Forces are responsible for emergency assistance, while the Norwegian Coast Management Authority oversees the operation – as well as the current oil spill effect.

– It's too early to say something about the length of the emergency surgery. It's a critical phase of surgery. The Armed Forces make the necessary risk assessments, while the Norwegian coastal administration strengthens the oil leakage capacity in order to limit the environmental consequences of these assessments. In addition, monitoring the area is also increasing, he says.

KNM "Helge Ingstad" had 460 cubic meters of marine diesel on board the ship during the accident.

Secure the container further

Yesterday, Tuesday, November 20, the armed forces are working to provide the vessel with further reinforcement.

– The ship's movements were reduced over the same period. BOA, together with defense materials, backed by DNV GL, has prepared a plan to raise KNM Helge Ingstad, says Gjesdal.

Detailed planning and preparation for raising the vessel is underway.

Thomas Gessal, Press Director and Information Officer in the Navy. Photo: Armed Forces

Thomas Gessal, Press Director and Information Officer in the Navy. Photo: Armed Forces
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– Lautetzna Gulliver arrived in Hanoitengen and Rambiz is on the way. At the same time, rigging and fake-lashing equipment are already under way at Hanøytangen. This is a complex maritime operation, and there are several uncertainties that can affect the timetable, including weather conditions, ship stability and pollution risk, "said Djilal.

To ensure all stages of the operation, risk analyzes will be carried out for all identified hazards.

– In addition, he will actively use the third party control of calculations, physical work, operational plans and the entire plan for abolition and transport, he says.

Demanding work

Monday, November 19th, a calm night has been reported, and the ship is further solved and in the future will work for clarification.

"There is a tough job to do with the rise of KNM" Helge Ingstad. "We must focus on this work," said Tory Heland, commander and communications officer in the navy.

In consultation with the Navy, Defense Materials, Coastal Administration and the BOA, there will be no access to the media on ships or ships involved at that time, informing Herland.

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