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The Bangladesh Merchant Shipping Ordinance, 1983

( Ordinance NO. XXVI OF 1983 )

Chapter 10


Certificate of fitness of seaman
110. (1) No person shall engage any Bangladeshi seaman at any port or place in Bangladesh, nor carry to sea any such seaman in any ship of two hundred tons gross and above from any such port or place unless the seaman is in possession of a certificate in the prescribed form issued by the prescribed medical authority to the effect that he is fit to be employed in the capacity in which he is to serve, or unless an endorsement to that effect appears in his Continuous Discharge Certificate.
(2) The Government may prescribe -
(a) the standard of fitness required of seamen or different classes of seamen having regard to the age of the seamen and the nature of duties to be performed by them;
(b) the nature of the medical examination of seamen and the authority by whom the medical examination shall be conducted;
(c) the form and the contents of the certificates of fitness and the period of their validity; and
(d) the medical authority by whom a seaman who has been refused a certificate of fitness in the first instance may be re examined, and the fee payable for such re examination.
(3) The Government may exempt any seaman or class of seamen employed in any ship or class of ships from the operation of all or any of the provisions of this section.
(4) If a person engages or carries to sea any seaman in contravention of sub-section (1), he shall, for each offence, be punishable with fine which may extend to ten thousand Taka.
(5) An owner, master or agent may, prior to engaging a seaman, have him examined by a medical officer whose prescribed particulars have been registered with a Shipping Master.

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