en_238_helgeingstadtobetoween_238_helgeingstadtobetowehttp://forsvaret.no/en/Lists/RelatedMedia/DispForm.aspx?ID=585The collision site seen at 10:00 on Wednesday 27 February. Photo by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK)/media/PubImages/NRK-pool-27feb19_10_27_49.jpg

HNoMS "Helge Ingstad" to be towed further south

Due to high waves at the collision site, the frigate "Helge Ingstad" and the barges will be towed to Hanøytangen, approximately 15 nautical miles southeast of the current site.

Wave conditions at the collision site close to the Sture Terminal are not satisfactory, making the original raising plan too risky. The decision to move the frigate to Hanøytangen and raise it there was made early Wednesday morning. The new location has calmer sea and wind, making it possible to conduct the raising safely.

The distance from the collision site to Hanøytangen is approximately 15 nautical miles (28km, 17mi). The frigate will be fully raised at Hanøytangen and then transported to Haakonsvern Naval Base in Bergen.

How will it be done?

To be able to move the frigate to Hanøytangen, some of the water inside the frigate needs to be drained. The frigate will then be connected and locked to the two barges "Gulliver" and "Rambiz". This will make the frigate and the two barges into one unit. Towboats will then tow the unit from the collision site and to the new site at Hanøytangen.

The towing is set to start Wednesday night, with an estimated arrival at Hanøytangen on Thursday morning.

Several environmental measures will be taken throughout the towing. The Norwegian Coastal Administration will be side-by-side with vessels carrying containment booms to hold back any oil spill. Environmental precautions will also be taken at Hanøytangen.



en_238_helgeingstadtobetoween_238_helgeingstadtobetowehttp://forsvaret.no/en/Lists/RelatedMedia/DispForm.aspx?ID=586Personnel entering the frigate Wednesday morning. Photo: Norwegian Navy/media/PubImages/270219-enteringHING_5237.JPG

What has been done?

Just after midnight Tuesday, divers connected the last four lift chains to the frigate. Wednesday morning, personnel for the Norwegian Navy went aboard "Helge Ingstad" to start pumping water out of the frigate.

The personnel carry GoPro cameras and will document the conditions aboard. This video material will then be handed over to the Norwegian police and the Accident Investigation Board Norway.

Press info

The Norwegian Armed Forces publish photos and videos throughout the operation. These are available through our media archive and our public Dropbox folder.

In addition, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK and TV2 Norway provide pool photos from the site and from the towing. The photos are taken from the marine vessel Olav Tryggvason. These pool photos can be used for free, but must be credited.

  • NRK's Dropbox folder for pool photos (Credit: NRK)
  • NRK and TV2 Norway's pool photos from the towing 27–28 February (Credit: NRK/TV2 Norway)
Published 27 February 2019 11:30. by Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency. Last updated 04 March 2019 17:33.