Norway's military says a Navy frigate has been evacuated after being rammed by a Malta-flagged tanker while docked in a harbour on Norway west coast.
Eight people on the KNM Helge Instad were injured when the accident occurred in the early hours – and its entire crew of 127 have now left the ship amid fears it will sink.
It had just taken part in the vast NATO drill Trident Juncture.
The Maltese-flagged tanker that rammed the ship, the Sola TS, was not damaged and its 23-man crew remain on board.
Eirik Walle, with the rescue center, told Norwegian news agency NTB that the collision caused an opening in the frigate's hull and "it is taking in more water than they can pump out. There is no control over the leak and the stern is heavily in the sea."
Norway's Accident Investigation Board added that the towboat Tenax was also involved in the accident, but hasn’t said to what extent.
Johan Marius Ly of the Norwegian Coast Guard said the 134m (442ft) frigate is listing, adding "there is a leak coming from the frigate – which we think is helicopter fuel.”
The frigate, built in Spain in 2009, has a helipad platform on its stern.
Norway's largest oil and gas company Equinor – formerly known as Statoil – says it has shut down non-emergency activities at the Sture terminal where the collision occurred "as a precautionary measure”.
The Accident Investigation Board says that because the tanker is Maltese-registered, the Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) of Malta will also participate in the investigation.