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Weather conditions prevent raising of KNM Helge Ingstad

Difficult weather conditions mean that it may take some time after Easter before the raising of KNM Helge Ingstad can start.

The frigate KNM Helge Ingstad has been in Hjeltefjorden in Hordaland after it collided with the oil tanker Sola TS on Thursday 8 November.

Earlier in February, the Armed Forces stated that the cancellation can begin when the weather permits. In order to start the actual raising of the frigate, the acceptable weather conditions are required for five to six consecutive days, the Armed Forces said.

The weather in the area around Hjeltefjorden is changing. Local friends say that in a few hours you can experience both sleet, rain, wind, snow and sun. This makes it difficult to start the raising before Easter, Hansen believes, who has spent the last few days analyzing weather statistics for the area over the past 15 years.

– Historically, we have experienced six days of stable weather at these times, but it rarely belongs. We are lucky if the cancellation can start before Easter, says Hansen to Teknisk Ukeblad .

Hansen works seven days a week to analyze and report on the weather. He is particularly concerned about swells.

– Perhaps the biggest challenge is so-called long-term swells. They originate in the Atlantic Ocean, move into the North Sea and into the Hjeltefjorden. It is only under special circumstances that swells go all the way into the fjord, but it is important to find out exactly how exposed the area is, he says.

(© NTB)

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