The final report of the investigation into the sinking of the Norwegian frigate KNM Helde Ingstad in November 2018 exempts the Spanish company Navantia, the ship’s manufacturer, from all responsibility.
The Norwegian frigate sank near the Norwegian city of Bergen after colliding with the tanker Sola TS. The Norwegian Security Research Agency (NSIA) has released its report on Wednesday, which Navantia “greets” celebrating that none of the conclusions or recommendations are directed to the company.
The investigation has concluded that the collusion caused serious damage to the frigate, “above that for which it was designed.” But it also maintains that the sinking of the ship could have been prevented if its crew had adopted a series of measures before evacuation.
Among them, he maintains that “doors, hatches and other openings of the frigate that should have been closed to maintain stability and buoyancy”, but “were not closed at the time of evacuation.” “As a result, the watertightness and buoyancy were not properly maintained and the ship ended up sinking,” the report said.
Furthermore, despite the preliminary report published a few weeks after the accident, the latest analysis concludes that the passage of water through the axle line “was not a decisive factor in causing the sinking.”
Navantia claims to have maintained a “strong collaborative relationship” with the NSIA during the investigation and to have contributed data, documentation and analysis results. And he also notes “a cordial relationship” with the Royal Norwegian Navy. KNM Helge Ingstad was the fourth of five frigates built by Navantia for the Royal Norwegian Navy between 2006 and 2011.
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