On first reading of the Prestige master's sentencing I was also outraged at what appears to be more a Spanish face saving move than anything else but now believe that (hiding Spanish and French complicity aside) there is a more important message in this affair. The environmental aspect is a factor but in my opinion is more an emotional hook to gain support for a public hanging.
The master accepted the job knowing the previous master Esfraitos Kostazos refused to sail the ship due to its condition. Mangouras sailed knowing it was overloaded. He placed his own employment above the risk to the lives of his crew. We can't afford to have people like that in command of anything.
We all know that if we don't do something the company has a long list of people waiting with bags packed who will. How many of us here have not been squeezed into that corner before? How many have walked like the master before Mangouras? Captain Mangouras should have a few cell mates but justice never seems to pass through the boardroom door.
Having had dealings with the Dubai office of ABS, I can't help but think someone from that place needs to share a cell next to Mangouras as well.