Prestige case €2.2 billion in environmental damages at stake


On November 19 2002 the vessel Prestige broke in two and sank 138 nautical miles off the Spanish coast, spilling 63,000 tons of fuel oil into the sea. The accident severely polluted 2,980 kilometres of shoreline, 1,137 beaches and 450,000 square metres of cliff areas. An estimated 115,000 to 230,000 sea birds died and 526 tons of fuel oil leaked into the depths of the Spanish continental shelf. The spillage affected all marine ecosystems and a high concentration of aromatic hydrocarbons infiltrated the biota.

Pérez-Llorca uses its own and third-party cookies, located in countries whose legislation does not guarantee an adequate level of data protection, to compile statistics on the use of this service. You can accept or reject the use of cookies by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of this banner and obtain more information about the use of cookies and your rights in our cookies policy.