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Friday, April 20, 2018

Bahamas Maritime Authority moves forward with Prestige investigation

In a press statement issued on 29 January, the Bahamas Maritime Authority has confirmed that it is continuing its investigation of the events and all parties involved with the Prestige accident, which is wholeheartedly supported by INTERTANKO.

The statement says that the sequence of events resulting from the original hull damage on 13 November and the subsequent attempts to salvage the ship are now becoming clearer. It stresses that if decisive action had been taken at an early stage to move the Prestige to a more sheltered location, the ship would almost certainly have been saved and any pollution would have been minimal.

The Bahamas Maritime Authority points out that all the early evidence indicated that the ship was well maintained and this was verified by the recent IACS audit carried out on the work of ABS, who surveyed and supervised the repairs to the ship. INTERTANKO, IMO, the European Commission together with the Bahamas Maritime Authority observed the IACS team’s work. The audit report can be viewed on the IACS web site.

The statement goes on to say that calculations are being carried out by the Bahamas Maritime Authority to explore a number of possible reasons for the original failure. A copy of the press statement can be downloaded from INTERTANKO’s web site.

Contact:Peter Swift