Short title, commencement, extent and application
1. (1) This Ordinance may be called the Bangladesh Merchant Shipping Ordinance, 1983
(2) This Chapter and Chapter 45 shall come into force at once and the other provisions shall come into force on such date as the Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, appoint; and different dates may be appointed for different provisions.
(3) This Ordinance extends to the whole of Bangladesh.
(4) This Ordinance applies to-
(a) all Bangladesh ships wherever they may be, except inland ships as defined in the Inland Shipping Ordinance, 1976
(LXXII of 1976);
(b) all ships deemed to be registered under this Ordinance wherever they may be;
(c) all ships, not being Bangladesh ships, licensed under this Ordinance in coasting trade, while engaged in such trade; and
(d) all other ships while in a port or place in, or within the territorial waters of Bangladesh, but does not apply to-
(i) any ship of, or commissioned for service in, the Bangladesh Navy or, while employed otherwise than for profit in the service of Government, or
(ii) any ship belonging to any foreign Prince or State, while employed otherwise than for profit in the service of such Prince or State.