NRK: Norway withdraws NOK 15 billion Helge Ingstad lawsuit against DNV

KNM Helge IngstadPhoto: Marit Hommedal / NTB
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The Norwegian Ministry of Defense sued the company DNV for NOK 15 billion after the Helge Ingstad accident. According to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK), the lawsuit is now being withdrawn.

The Attorney General confirmed to NRK on Thursday that the lawsuit will be withdrawn.

The state believed that the company DNV, which approved the frigate, should have discovered a weakness with the propeller shafts on the ship, where water gushed in after the collision, but the Accident Investigation Board Norway’s (Statens havarikommisjon – AIBN) report from April rejected this theory.

Lawsuit withdrawn

On Wednesday, Norwegian authorities sent a letter to the Oslo District Court in order to withdraw the lawsuit.

“The report provided important clarifications,” Ole Ringstad told NRK.

The Ministry of Defense justifies the decision as follows:

“Following an overall assessment based on what has emerged through the AIBN’s work and the state’s own investigations, the Ministry of Defense has decided to drop the lawsuit.”

Accident background

KNM Helge Ingstad was a Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate of the Royal Norwegian Navy that suffered an accident roughly three years ago.

On November 8, 2018, KNM Helge Ingstad collided with the tanker Sola TS just outside Sture Terminal. Helge Ingstad was severely damaged in the collision.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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