Assessment of the behavior of oil in the tanks of the Prestige in the Atlantic deep sea

Authors

  • María J. Marcos CIEMAT
  • Almudena Agüero CIEMAT
  • Antonio García-Olivares Instituto de Ciencias del Mar (CSIC)
  • Bernd J. Haupt Pennsylvania State University
  • Jose L. De Pablos CIEMAT

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.2004.68n3307

Keywords:

oil spill, computational fluid dynamics, deep sea, tanker wreckage, Atlantic Ocean

Abstract


The sinking of the Prestige supertanker off the coast of Spain in November 2002 led to one of the most devastating oil spills ever worldwide. Between 13,800 and 37,500 tons of oil still remain inside the wreckage. The mid-range and long-term behaviour of oil temperature and leaks were analysed to decide whether the oil could be pumped out in the current conditions. Past and present conditions near the wreckage were analysed, considering depth, water pressure, estimated oil behaviour inside the tanks, and possible future hull corrosion. A similar analysis may be useful in the management of future wreckages.

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Published

2004-09-30

How to Cite

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Marcos MJ, Agüero A, García-Olivares A, Haupt BJ, De Pablos JL. Assessment of the behavior of oil in the tanks of the Prestige in the Atlantic deep sea. scimar [Internet]. 2004Sep.30 [cited 2022Nov.30];68(3):307-15. Available from: https://scientiamarina.revistas.csic.es/index.php/scientiamarina/article/view/373

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