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Prestige Oil Spill - 13 Nov 2013
Images from Spain where a court on Wednesday found the crew and the government not guilty of criminal responsibility in the 2002
sinking of the Prestige oil tanker, Spain's worst ever environmental disaster.

After an 11-year judicial investigation the Galician region's high court said in a verdict and sentence that the disaster was partly due to
the 26-year-old tanker's poor state of repair.
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November 13, 2013
Spanish judge Juan Luis Pia (C) presides over the courtroom before reading the verdict on the sinking...
A Coruna, Spain
Spanish judge Juan Luis Pia presides over the courtroom before reading the verdict on the sinking of...
Spanish judge Juan Luis Pia (C) presides over the courtroom before reading the verdict on the sinking of the Prestige oil tanker which caused Spain's worst environmental disaster 11 years ago at A Coruna, in northwestern Spain, November 13, 2013. A Spanish court on Wednesday found the crew and the government not guilty of responsibility in Spain's Prestige disaster, a 2002 accident caused by a leaking tanker which coated the northwestern coastline with thousands of tonnes of oil. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal (SPAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)
SPAIN/
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November 13, 2012
Apostolos Mangouras, captain of the Bahamas-registered oil tanker "Prestige," looks on during his trial...
A Coruna, Spain
Apostolos Mangouras, captain of the Bahamas-registered oil tanker "Prestige," looks on during his trial...
Apostolos Mangouras, captain of the Bahamas-registered oil tanker "Prestige," looks on during his trial at A Coruna's court November 13, 2012. The Prestige, a Bahamas-registered, single-hull tanker, leaked large amounts of oil off the Galician coast on November 13, 2002. The ship sank six days later some 270 km (168 miles) off the Spanish coast, causing the worst pollution ever on Spanish beaches and shutting down Europe's largest fishing industry. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal (SPAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT CRIME LAW)
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November 13, 2013
Spanish judge Juan Luis Pia presides over the courtroom before reading the verdict on the sinking of...
A Coruna, Spain
Spanish judge Juan Luis Pia presides over the courtroom before reading the verdict on the sinking of...
Spanish judge Juan Luis Pia presides over the courtroom before reading the verdict on the sinking of the Prestige oil tanker which caused Spain's worst environmental disaster 11 years ago at A Coruna, in northwestern Spain, November 13, 2013. A Spanish court on Wednesday found the crew and the government not guilty of responsibility in Spain's Prestige disaster, a 2002 accident caused by a leaking tanker which coated the northwestern coastline with thousands of tonnes of oil. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal (SPAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)
ENVIRONMENT SPAIN PRESTIGE
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February 08, 2003
Workers cast long shadows after cleaning oil from a beach in the
Spanish northern village of Castro...
Castro Urdiales, Spain - Kingdom of
WORKERS CAST SHADOWS ON A CLEAN BEACH IN THE SPANISH NORTHERN COAST.
Workers cast long shadows after cleaning oil from a beach in the
Spanish northern village of Castro Urdiales February 8, 2003. The
Prestige, a Bahamanian-registered single-hull tanker, broke in two and
sank some 270 kilometers (165 miles) off Spain on November 19, touching
off the worst pollution ever on Spanish beaches and shutting down
Europe's largest fishing industry. REUTERS/Victor Fraile Pictures of
the month February 2003 see also GF2DTRIBITAA

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TRANSPORT SPAIN SHIP
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January 02, 2003
Spanish soldiers fill up buckets during clean up operations on an oil
stained beach in Carnota, northwestern...
Carnota, Spain
SPANISH SOLDIERS FILL BUCKETS WITH FUEL OIL DURING CLEAN UP WORK ON OIL
STAINED BEACH.
Spanish soldiers fill up buckets during clean up operations on an oil
stained beach in Carnota, northwestern Spain January 2, 2003. Blobs of
oil from the sunken tanker Prestige, which has devastated hundreds of
miles of Spanish coastline, washed up on popular beaches in
southwestern France today. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

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YEAREND PICTURES
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December 01, 2002
Volunteer workers drag fuel oil at Muxia beach in northwestern Spain
province of Galicia December 1,...
Muxia, Spain
YEAREND PICTURES 2002.
Volunteer workers drag fuel oil at Muxia beach in northwestern Spain
province of Galicia December 1, 2002. The Prestige tanker began leaking
oil after it was holed in a storm off the coast on November 13. The
giant slick of oil has headed back towards Spain's western beaches,
known as the "Coast of Death" because of its long history of
shipwrecks. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro REUTERS

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March 09, 2003
A volunteer takes a bucket to carry fuel oil from stained rocks on Santander's Ubiarco beach in northern...
Santander, Spain
A volunteer takes a bucket to carry fuel oil from stained rocks on Santander's Ubiarco beach in northern...
A volunteer takes a bucket to carry fuel oil from stained rocks on Santander's Ubiarco beach in northern Spain March 9, 2003. Oil slicks from the sunken Prestige tanker have turned up on beaches in the region which is some 500 kilometers from where the first slicks washed ashore in the northwestern province of Galicia. REUTERS/Victor Fraile BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE. NO RIGHTS CLEARANCES OR PERMISSIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS IMAGE.
TRANSPORT SPAIN SHIP
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January 09, 2003
Spanish army soldiers clean fuel oil washed ashore from the sunken Prestige
oil tanker near Carnota...
Carnota, Spain
SPANISH ARMY SOLDIERS CLEAN FUEL OIL WASHED ASHORE FROM THE SUNKEN
PRESTIGE OIL TANKER.
Spanish army soldiers clean fuel oil washed ashore from the sunken Prestige
oil tanker near Carnota on Spain's devastated North-West Atlantic coast on
January 9, 2003. Oil from the Prestige has blackened hundreds of miles of
pristine Spanish coastline, shutting down fishing and seafood industries and
forcing thousands of Spaniards to live off government handouts.
REUTERS/Miguel Vidal Pictures of the Year 2003 DB/FMS

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January 03, 2003
A Spanish soldiers looks upwards during the clean up operations along
the oil stained coast near Carnota,...
Carnota, Spain
SOLDIER LOOKS UP WHILE CLEANING OIL STAINED ROCKS IN NORTHWESTERN
SPAIN.
A Spanish soldiers looks upwards during the clean up operations along
the oil stained coast near Carnota, northwestern Spain January 3, 2003.
Blobs of oil from the sunken tanker Prestige, which has devastated
hundreds of miles of Spanish coastline, washed up on popular beaches in
southwestern France earlier in the week. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

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TRANSPORT SPAIN SHIP
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January 09, 2003
A Spanish soldier stands on Spain's devastated North-West Atlantic
coast on January 9, 2003. Oil from...
Carnota, Spain
A SPANISH SOLDIER STANDS ON SPAIN'S DEVASTATED NORTH-WEST ATLANTIC
COAST.
A Spanish soldier stands on Spain's devastated North-West Atlantic
coast on January 9, 2003. Oil from the Prestige has blackened hundreds
of miles of pristine Spanish coastline, shutting down fishing and
seafood industries and forcing thousands of Spaniards to live off
government handouts. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

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TRANSPORT SPAIN SHIP
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January 21, 2003
A volunteer rests on an oil stained wall on a beach near O Cuno, in the
devasted Spanish northwestern...
O Cuqo, Spain
VOLUNTEER RESTS ON OIL STAINED WALL IN DEVASTED SPANISH NORTHWESTERN
COAST.
A volunteer rests on an oil stained wall on a beach near O Cuno, in the
devasted Spanish northwestern coast, January 21, 2003. Spain has put
the estimated minimum cost of the "Prestige" oil tanker spill at $1.05
billion. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

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TRANSPORT SPAIN SHIP
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December 12, 2002
A fuel oil stained bird flaps its wings on the devastated coast of the
Cies Islands natural reserve...
Cangas, Spain
A FUEL OIL STAINED BIRD FLAPS ITS WINGS ON THE CIES ISLANDS NATURAL
RESERVE.
A fuel oil stained bird flaps its wings on the devastated coast of the
Cies Islands natural reserve in the Spanish northwestern region of
Galicia, December 12, 2002. Smit International, the Dutch shipping and
salvage firm that helped raise Russia's Kursk submarine, said on
Wednesday it wants to propose a plan to salvage oil from the wreck of
the tanker Prestige. Slicks of toxic fuel oil from the Prestige - which
split off the northwestern Spanish coast on November 13, then snapped
in two and sank six days later - have devastated the region and what is
left in the ship's hold remains an environmental hazard.
REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

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December 09, 2002
An oil stained dead crab is held by a volunteer on Ons island in the
northwestern Spanish region of...
Ons, Spain
A VOLUNTEER HOLDS AN OIL STAINED DEAD CRAB ON ONS ISLAND IN
NORTHWESTERN SPAIN.
An oil stained dead crab is held by a volunteer on Ons island in the
northwestern Spanish region of Galicia December 9, 2002. Spain said on
Sunday two holes in

the stern of the sunken tanker Prestige threatened to leak more of the
fuel oil that has devastated its northwestern coast and is now heading
for France.
TRANSPORT SPAIN TANKER
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November 22, 2002
A volunteer takes an oil-soaked bird from the beach at Nemina, in
northern Spain after a new slick of...
Nemina, Spain
A VOLUNTEER RESCUES AN OIL-SOAKED BIRD ON BEACH IN NORTHERN SPAIN.
A volunteer takes an oil-soaked bird from the beach at Nemina, in
northern Spain after a new slick of fuel oil arrived here November 22,
2002. The 26-year-old Bahamas-flagged vessel Prestige took some 70,000
tons of viscous fuel oil to the bottom of the Atlantic when it finally
broke up on November 19, priming an ecological time-bomb for the scenic
shores of Galicia. Hundreds of kilometres of rugged coastline have been
fouled by the stricken Prestige's cargo, destroying wildlife and
wrecking the area's renowned fisheries and shellfish industry.
REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

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TRANSPORT SPAIN SHIP
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December 02, 2002
A volunteer shovels fuel oil from the oil stained beach of Rostro
December 2, 2002. More oil from the...
Finisterra, Spain
VOLUNTEER CLEANS UP OIL STAINED BEACH IN GALICIA.
A volunteer shovels fuel oil from the oil stained beach of Rostro
December 2, 2002. More oil from the Prestige washed ashore in
northwestern Spain as a French mini-submarine prepared to dive to the
depth of the Atlantic to find out if the sunken tanker was still
disgorging fuel. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal REUTERS

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TRANSPORT SPAIN TANKER
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November 17, 2002
A man walks along an oil-covered beach near Muxia in northern Spain
after fuel oil from the stricken...
Muxia, Spain
A MAN WALKS ALONG A BEACH COVERED WITH FUEL OIL IN NORTHERN SPAIN.
A man walks along an oil-covered beach near Muxia in northern Spain
after fuel oil from the stricken Bahamas registered tanker Prestige
arrived on shore November 17, 2002. The Prestige, loaded with 77,000
tonnes of fuel oil, ran into trouble November 13 and spilled tonnes of
oil into the sea. Rescue services are currently battling to tow the
tanker, which is in risk of splitting in two, further out to sea.
REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

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TRANSPORT SPAIN TANKER
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November 19, 2002
The bow of the Prestige oil tanker floats above water moments before
sinking in waters off northern...
La Coruna, Spain
YEAREND PICTURES 2002.
The bow of the Prestige oil tanker floats above water moments before
sinking in waters off northern Spain November 19, 2002. The tanker
broke into two earlier in the day. The Prestige went down with some
70,000 tonnes of fuel oil. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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TRANSPORT SPAIN SHIP
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December 16, 2002
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar holds his head in his hands
while listening to opposition parliamentarians...
Madrid, Spain
SPANISH PRIME MINISTER AZNAR GESTURES DURING PARLIAMENTARY SESSION IN
MADRID.
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar holds his head in his hands
while listening to opposition parliamentarians during a parliamentary
session in Madrid on December 16, 2002. Aznar defended his government's
handling of the Prestige tanker disaster. Both the opposition Socialist
party and local media have questioned the government's decision to tow
the stricken tanker out to sea where it finally sank November 19.
REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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