2nd Circ. Lets Ship Certification Co. Sail Free After Spain Spill

Law360, New York (August 29, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT) -- The Second Circuit on Wednesday ruled that the government of Spain cannot hold a U.S. ship certification society liable for classifying an oil tanker as seaworthy before it sank off the Spanish coast.

Spain did not provide evidence that the American Bureau of Shipping, a Houston-based ship certification society, was reckless when it certified the oil tanker Prestige, the appeals court said.

The Prestige sank off Spain's northwest coast in November 2002 after suffering a major structural failure, befouling Spain's beaches with slicks of oil. ABS's...
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