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The Sinking of the Prestige

Were Rogue Waves Responsible?

The Sinking of the Prestige makes available for the first time "The Prestige Report," the official history, case details, and expert testimonial presented in 2012. For the world maritime industry, a key issue raised by the Prestige incident was whether classification societies can be held responsible for the consequences of incidents of this type. In May 2003, the Kingdom of Spain brought civil suit in the Southern District of New York against the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), the Houston-based international classification society that had certified the Prestige as "in class" for its final voyage. Spain's original damage claim against ABS was some $700 million. This important case has been declared as a possibly precedent-setting one that could prove fateful for international classification societies, whose assets are dwarfed by the scale of claims to which they could become subject. In addition to providing the details of the case, The Sinking of the Prestige also provides a broad understanding of rogue waves and their effects on ships and the oil industry.

Physical Oceanographers

Hardbound, 410 Pages

Published: July 2015

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-12-415798-9


  • Part One: Introduction
    Chapter 1: Historical Overview of Rogue Waves and Their Influence on Ships
    Chapter 2: What Kinds of Physical Behavior Can Cause Rogue Waves?

    Part Two: Overview of Physical Effects That Cause Extreme Waves
    Chapter 3: Instabilities of Wave Trains in Deep Water
    Chapter 4: Wave/Current Interactions
    Chapter 5: When Do Rogue Waves Occur During a Storm?
    Chapter 6: Nonlinear Theory for Unidirectional Rogue Waves
    Chapter 7: Nonlinear Theory for Directionally Spread Rogue Waves

    Part Three: Hyperfast Numerical Modeling of Rogue Waves in Directional Seas
    Chapter 8: Basic Concepts for Modeling Ocean Surface Waves
    Chapter 9: Modeling the Unidirectional Schroedinger Equation
    Chapter 10: Modeling the Directional Schroedinger Equation
    Chapter 11: Modeling the Extended Schroedinger Equation
    Chapter 12: Modeling the Zakharov Equation

    Part Four: Statistical Properties of Rogue Waves
    Chapter 13: Statistical Properties of Linear Waves
    Chapter 14: Statistical Properties of Nonlinear Waves

    Part Five: Hindcasting and Forecasting of Rogue Waves
    Chapter 15: Influence of the Modulational Instability on Ocean Wave Spectra
    Chapter 16: Brief Overview of Hindcasting/Forecasting

    Part Six: Analysis of the Prestige Incident
    Chapter 17: Hindcasting The Prestige Case
    Chapter 18: Hyperfast Modeling of the Wave Statistics
    Chapter 19: Statistical Properties of Extreme Waves


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