As the charter of the Wakashio, Mitsui OSK Lines did not have a direct responsibility for the pollution caused by the massive oil spill from the 203,000-dwt bulker (built 2007) a year ago.

But, as one of the world’s largest shipping companies with a clear environmental, social and governance policy, it has stepped up to the plate to help the island recover and, in doing so, set a rare example of community involvement by shipping companies following a maritime disaster.