What is meant by the master’s criminal liability?

Liability for offences against the criminal law of the flag State, a coastal State or a port State, for which the penalty is usually either a fine, or imprisonment, or both. Hundreds of offences have been created under UK law for which a master may be fined, or in many cases, both fined and jailed. (See UK COURT PROCEDURES, OFFENCES AND PENALTIES in Section B.)

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What is meant by the criminalisation of the shipmaster?

How should a master ensure that he or she is excluded from personal liability for bunkers, stores, etc. ordered by charterers?