Penalizing an individual does little to nothing. This is because there will always be someone else following in his shoes that is willing to do the same job and the same thing again.
When you fine the owner(s) of the ship hundreds of millions of dollars, this has an impact in preventing them from doing the same thing again. It also has an impact with other shipping
companies knowing that if they do the same thing, they could be fined as well.
Throwing an individual captain
in jail is not a solution towards prevention. All too often, if a Master, Mate or other crew member
does not do what they are told, illegal or not, they lose their job. This is not as often with the worlds more developed nations but is more frequent with less developed nations who have a merchant marine
. The penalties for breaking the law must be painful to those at the top of the policy making hierarchy....the owners.
is a communist country where ultimately the state owns everything and is heavy handed in making policy for its industries, as I see it, the county of China
is financially responsible. Make China pay out that money
and you can bet the people who run that country will change their policy regarding where their ships can and cannot go when transiting Australian waters. If China does not want to pay the penalty and change their policies, then Australia
needs to ban all Chinese ships from Australian waters.
I hope the Australian government
has the courage to put their foot down.