Accident Investigation Board presents report on the KNM Helge Ingstad frigate accident

KNM Helge IngstadPhoto: Marit Hommedal / NTB
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The Accident Investigation Board of Norway’s (AIBN) interim report on the KNM Helge Ingstad accident will help strengthen safety at sea, the Armed Forces believe.

“The AIBN has done a very thorough job in the investigations. The scope and level of detail in both of these reports provide a thorough understanding of identified safety challenges, and they are a good basis for further development and improvement,” the Chief of the Norwegian Navy, Rune Andersen, said in a press release.

The report comes with several recommendations aimed at several parts of the defense sector.

“We are already well on our way to implementing measures that will contribute to increased security,” Andersen said.

Time-consuming and costly

According to the press release, the Norwegian Navy, the Norwegian Defense Material Agency (NDMA), and the Norwegian Armed Forces’ logistics organization are cooperating to implement measures.

Stein Håvard Bergstad, head of maritime capabilities at the NDMA, said that some of the recommendations have already been resolved, while others can be resolved relatively quickly.

“Others are more time-consuming and costly. We have given high priority to safety-critical measures so that the vessels can sail and complete assignments in a safe manner. In some areas, we have introduced temporary measures pending permanent solutions,” Bergstad said.

Must learn

The AIBN presented sub-report 2 on Wednesday after the frigate KNM Helge Ingstad collided with the tanker Sola TS at the Sture terminal, Øygarden, in Vestland county on November 8, 2018.

The frigate suffered extensive damage and eventually sank. The work of identifying deviations and carrying out necessary measures has been ongoing throughout the sector since the accident.

“The Navy and the sector will learn from the experiences we have gained after the accident with KNM Helge Ingstad. We work purposefully with the safety recommendations. Within the framework of safe operation, we will build credible naval preparedness as well as security and trust among our own population and with our allies,” Rune Andersen added.

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1 Comment on "Accident Investigation Board presents report on the KNM Helge Ingstad frigate accident"

  1. She looks in pretty good shape, for as long as she was underwater as much as she was.

    In the excellent new film Midway, they show how our Pearl Harbor naval shipyard workers had Yorktown’s nearly fatal damage sufficiently repaired and ready for the battle in *3 days*.

    I suppose in the Helge Ingstad’s case it depends on how complex/delicate/vulnerable her machinery is.

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