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: Sunk, 19 November 2002
General characteristics
Class & type: Aframax single-hulled oil tanker
Tonnage: 42,820 tonnes (42,140 long tons; 47,200 short tons)[1][clarification needed]
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 a Liberian-owned oil tanker, 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 gross tonnage (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. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 "Case Study XII: Prestige" (PDF). Ship Structure Committee: 8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Spain Prestige oil spill disaster case in court". BBC News. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 2016-02-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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