Manning of ships
82. (1) No ship shall go to sea or proceed on a voyage unless it is manned in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter and possesses a Certificate issued by the Director-General to the effect that the ship is manned in accordance with such provisions.
(2) The Director-General shall issue the Certificate under sub-section (1) in such manner as may be prescribed.
(3) The Director-General may, by order notified in the official Gazette, require a ship to carry such minimum number of officers, doctors, cooks and other seamen as may be specified in the order.
(4) The Director-General shall not exercise his power under sub-section (3) requiring a ship to carry seamen, other than doctors and cooks, except to the extent that it appears to him necessary or expedient in the interest of safety of the ship.
(5) An order under sub-section (3) may make different provisions for different descriptions of ships or for ships of the same description in different circumstances.
(6) The Government may exempt any ship or class of ships from any requirements of an order made under sub-section (3).
(7) An exemption granted under sub-section (6) may be in respect of particular period or of one or more particular voyages.
(8) If a ship goes to sea or proceed on a voyage in contravention of the provisions of sub-section (1), the master of the ship shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine which may extend to one lakh Taka, or with both.