Norwegian Navy Frigate Pushed Ashore Leaves Sheen of Oil near Beaches

A wispy oil sheen can be seen trailing down local beaches in Oygarden, Norway, on Friday, November 9, after a navy frigate that collided with a tanker was intentionally grounded ashore, though officials said the pollution had been contained.

Norwegian coastal authorities pushed the military frigate KNM Helge Ingstad off Bergen, Norway, onto the coastline on Thursday, after an early morning collision with the tanker Sola TS that resulted in some minor injuries. At the time, officials said they were worried about a spill of helicopter fuel carried aboard the navy ship.

An aircraft from Kystverket, Norway’s coastal authority, overflew the frigate, now resting on its starboard side in the water, on Friday morning. “Their observations were very uplifting,” Kystverket said in an updated report on its website. “In short, they report that it looks much better than yesterday and that there is very little left of the pollution.” No coastal wildlife were found injured, the report said.

The tanker TS Sola was registered in Malta, reports said. A tugboat was also involved. Twenty-three people were aboard the tanker, and 137 aboard the frigate, NRK said. All were evacuated. Credit: Kystverket via Storyful