MV Prestige

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Name: Prestige
Owner: Mare Shipping Inc.[1]
Port of registry: Nassau,  Bahamas[1]
Route: Riga - Gibraltar - Singapore
Builder: Hitachi Shipbuilding and Engineering Co.[1]
Completed: 1976
Fate: Wrecked 19 November 2002
General characteristics
Class and type: Aframax single-hulled oil tanker
Tonnage: 42820 GT[1]
Length: 243 m (797 ft)[1]
Beam: 34.4 m (113 ft)[1]
Draft: 14 m (46 ft)[1]
Depth: 18.7 m (61 ft)[1]
Speed: 15.4 knots (28.5 km/h; 17.7 mph)[1]
Crew: 27

MV Prestige was an oil tanker owned by a Greek company based in Liberia and operating under a Bahamian flag, that on 19 November 2002 sank off the coast of Galicia, Spain. The sinking caused a major environmental disaster, polluting thousands of miles of coastline with 50,000 tonnes of oil.[2]

Design and construction

Prestige was a single-hulled oil tanker with a length overall of 243 metres (797 ft), a beam of 34.4 metres (113 ft), a hull depth of 18.7 metres (61 ft), and a draft of 14 metres (46 ft). It had a 42,820 GT and a total cargo capacity of 81,589 tonnes deadweight (DWT). Vessels of this size are classified as Aframax-class tankers.

The ship was built by Hitachi Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. in Maizuru, Kyoto, Japan.

Ship information

  • Owner: Mare Shipping Inc., Liberia
  • Cargo Owner: Crown Resources, Switzerland
  • P&I Coverage: London Steamship Owners Insurance

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Case Study XII: Prestige" (PDF). Ship Structure Committee: 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-12-29.
  2. ^ "Spain Prestige oil spill disaster case in court". BBC News. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 2016-02-04.

External links

Coordinates: 42°53′N 9°53′W / 42.883°N 9.883°W / 42.883; -9.883

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