What is meant by the criminalisation of the shipmaster?

The growing tendency of coastal States to arrest and detain the master of a ship that has caused pollution of a coastal State’s waters. The masters of the tankers Erika, Prestige, Tasman Spirit and Hebei Spirit are examples of shipmasters detained by coastal States following pollution incidents.

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What criminal penalties is a master liable to?

What is meant by the master’s criminal liability?