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.

Key Features

  • The only available publication of the precedent-setting court case related to the sinking of the Prestige and the implication of rogue waves

  • Osborne, expert witness in the Prestige case, is a world-renowned authority on nonlinear ocean waves and inverse scattering transform

  • Full-color images show a wide range of real-life rogue waves


Physical Oceanographers

Table of Contents

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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About the author

Alfred Osborne

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Torino, Italy