The Lawless Sea

The sinking of the oil tanker Prestige off the Spanish coast last year caused one of Europe's worst ecological disasters. "The Lawless Sea,” a result of a year-long investigation conducted by reporter Mark Schapiro, provides a rare glimpse behind the scenes of the maritime industry, long shrouded in secrecy and protected from accountability by complex corporate structures and foreign flags. The story unveils the tangled web of responsibility behind a historic environmental catastrophe and reveals elements of the international maritime system that facilitate keeping an enfeebled tanker such as the Prestige – and many like it – operating on the high seas.

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