Prestige Oil Tanker Spill: Three Go On Trial in Spain

Playa de Nemiña. Volunteers cleaning the beach at Nemiña in the aftermath of the Prestige oil spill, 2002. Captions and Photo source: ©© Colin


A Spanish court will on Tuesday start trying three people accused of causing one of Europe’s worst oil spills when the Prestige tanker went down off north-west Galicia in November 2002.

The Prestige captain, his chief engineer and the former head of Spain’s merchant marine department are being held responsible for spilling 60,000 tonnes of crude oil into the Atlantic off Cape Finisterre…

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France’s highest court upheld a conviction against oil major Total SA over a 1999 oil spill, caused by the wreck of the Erika oil tanker off the Brittany coast in 1999, in a blow to the company which had hoped it would be absolved of blame for one of France’s worst environmental disasters.

Bird affected by the crude oil spilled from the stricken ‘Prestige’ oil tanker on the beach at Valcovo, Galacia, Spain, just 3 years after Erika’s disaster. Photo source: © Greenpeace / Pedro Armestre. The Prestige oil spill was an oil spill off the coast of Galicia caused by the sinking of the Prestige oil tanker in 2002. The spill polluted thousands of kilometers of coastline and more than one thousand beaches on the Spanish, French and Portuguese coast.