The master and chief officer of a Japanese bulk carrier, which caused a pollution disaster off Mauritius, have both been sentenced to 20 months in prison and fined for endangering the safe operation of the ship.

Master Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar and chief officer Hitihanillage Subhoda Janendra were in command of the 203,000-dwt Wakashio (built 2007) when it grounded off Mauritius in July 2020.