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The Bangladesh Merchant Shipping Ordinance, 1983

( Ordinance NO. XXVI Of 1983 )

Chapter 10

ENGAGEMENT OF SEAMEN

Special provisions as to agreements with crew of home trade or coasting ships
 
 
117. The following provisions shall have effect with respect to the agreements with crew of home trade ships or coasting ships for which an agreement with the crew is required under this Ordinance, namely:-
 
 
 
 
(a) an agreement for service in a home trade ship or a coasting ship for which an agreement is required by section 112, not being a ship engaged exclusively on the work of any harbour, pilotage or local authority, shall be made for a single ship and signed by the crew engaged before the Shipping Master as provided in this Ordinance for foreign-going ships; and such agreement may be made for a period of six months, the agreement being terminable, notwithstanding the expiration of that period, at a port or place in Bangladesh:
 
 
 
 
Provided that while a ship is at a port or place in Bangladesh, the master or the seaman may terminate the agreement by giving 24 hours' notice which shall not expire later than 24 hours before the ship is put to sea;
 
 
 
 
(b) an agreement, if any, for service in a coasting ship for which an agreement is not required by section 112, shall not extend beyond the next following thirtieth day of June, or thirty first day of December or the first arrival of the ship at her final port or place of destination in Bangladesh after such date, or the discharge of cargo consequent on such arrival;
 
 
 
 
(c) an agreement for service in two or more coasting ships belonging to the same owner may be made by the owner instead of by a master, and the provisions of this Ordinance with respect to the making of the agreement shall apply accordingly;
 
 
 
 
(d) notwithstanding anything contained in clause (b) or clause (c), the owner of two or more coasting ships or his agent may enter into time agreements in the form sanctioned by the Government with individual seaman to serve in any one or more such ships belonging to such owner and such agreements may extend beyond the next following thirtieth day of June, or thirty first day of December.

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