Ascertainment of tonnage
12. (1) For the purpose of the levy of light-dues, a ship's tonnage shall be reckoned as under the Merchant Shipping Acts for dues payable on a ship's tonnage, with the addition require under section 85 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, with respect to deck cargo.
(2) In order to ascertain the tonnage of any ship for the purpose of levying light-dues, the Collector of Customs may
(a) if the ship is registered under any law for the time being in force in Bangladesh or under the law of any foreign country in respect of which an order in Council has been made under section 84 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1894, that ships of that country shall be deemed to be of the tonnage denoted in their certificates of registry or other national papers (any such ship being hereafter in
this section referred to as a registered ship), require the owner or master or other person having possession of the ship's register or other papers denoting her tonnage to produce the same for inspection an, if such owner, master or other persons refuses or neglects to produce the register or papers, as the case may be, or otherwise to satisfy the Collector of Customs as to the tonnage of the ship, cause the ship to be measured and the tonnage to be ascertained; or
(b) If the ship is not a registered ship and the owner or master fails to satisfy the Collector of Customs as to the true tonnage thereof according to the mode of measurement prescribed by the law for the time being in force for regulating the measurement of registered ships, cause the ship to be measured and the tonnage thereof to be ascertained according to such mode.
(3) If any person refuses or neglects to product any register or other papers or otherwise to satisfy the Collector of Customs as to the true tonnage of any ship when required to do so under this section, such person shall be liable to pay the expenses of the measurement of the ship and of the ascertainment of the tonnage, and, if the ship is a registered ship, shall further, on conviction by a Magistrate of the first class having jurisdiction in the port where the ship lies or in any port to which she may proceed, be punishable with fine which may extend to one thousand [Taka].