Manning of inland ship
37. (1) No inland ship shall proceed on any voyage or be used for any service on inland water unless it is manned in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (2).
(2) The Director-General may, by order notified in the official Gazette, require an inland ship to have such number of [inland engineers, masters, engine-drivers and ratings] of such grades as may be specified in the order.
(3) The Director-General may exempt an inland ship or any category of inland ship from any requirement of an order made under sub-section (2).
(4) An exemption granted under sub-section (3) may be in respect of a particular period or of one or more particular voyages.
(5) Notwithstanding anything contained in this section Director-General may relax the requirement of this section in respect of a person if-
(a) such person satisfies the Director-General that he is reasonably capable of discharging the duties and responsibilities of the trade for which he is sought to be employed or engaged;
(b) the owner of the ship satisfies the Director-General that despite due efforts persons with requisite certificate could not be available for employment or engagement.