Spain to appeal New York court's 'Prestige' ruling

4th January 2008, Comments 0 comments

Spain plans to appeal a ruling by a US court absolving the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) of any responsibility for the sinking of the Prestige.

4 January 2008

MADRID - The Spanish government plans to appeal a ruling by a New York court absolving the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) of any responsibility in the sinking of the oil tanker Prestige off Spain's northwestern Galicia region in 2002.

In a statement yesterday, the Justice Ministry says it will appeal the decision to overturn Spain's case against the US-based ship classification society that certified the Prestige was structurally and technically suitable for carrying the 70,000 tonnes of fuel oil it had in its tanks when it sank. The oil coated the Galician coast, causing the worst environmental catastrophe in the region's history.

The Spanish case alleges that the Prestige, owned by a Liberian firm and flagged in the Bahamas, suffered "structural damage" while travelling from Latvia that caused it to founder in rough seas off the Galician coast.

[Copyright El Pais 2008]

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