A Norwegian watch officer was found guilty yesterday and sentenced to a two-month suspended jail sentence for negligence leading up to a collision between a warship he navigated and a Tsakos aframax tanker in which the military vessel sank. The defendant was the officer in charge on the bridge of the Ingstad at the time.
The KNM Helge Ingstad was returning from a NATO exercise while the
Sola TS tanker had just departed Equinor’s Sture oil terminal with a cargo of North Sea crude when the accident happened in calm waters in November 2018.
The frigate quickly took on water and all 137 crew were evacuated with six treated for light injuries.