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The Bangladesh Merchant Shipping Ordinance, 1983

( Ordinance NO. XXVI OF 1983 )

Chapter 10


Engagement of seamen for ships other than Bangladesh ships
124. (1) When the master of a ship, other than a Bangladesh ship, being at a port or place in Bangladesh, or the owner's agent in Bangladesh of such ship, engages any Bangladeshi seamen to proceed to any port or place outside Bangladesh he shall enter into an agreement with every such seaman, and the agreement shall be made before a Shipping Master in the manner provided by this Ordinance for the making of agreements in the case of Bangladesh foreign going ships.
(2) All the provisions of this Ordinance respecting the form of such agreements and the stipulations to be contained in them, and the making and signing of the same, shall be applicable to the engagement of such seamen:
Provided that any such dispute as is referred to in sub section (3) of section 113 shall not be referred to the Bangladesh Consular Officer if such reference is contrary to the rules of International Law.
(3) The master of such ship shall give to the Shipping Master a bond in the prescribed form with the prescribed security for every such seaman engaged by him in Bangladesh and conditioned for the due performance of such agreement and stipulations, and for the repayment to the Government of all expenses which may be incurred by the Government in respect of any such seamen who is discharged or left behind at any port or place outside Bangladesh and becomes distressed and is relieved under the provisions of this Ordinance:
Provided that the Government may waive the execution of such bond where the owner of the ship has an agent at any port in Bangladesh and such agent accepts liability in respect of all matters for which the master of the ship would be liable if he were to execute the bond or may accept from the agent such security as it may consider appropriate.
(4) The fees prescribed for the purpose shall be payable in respect of every such engagement and deductions from the wages of a seaman so engaged may be made to the extent and in the manner allowed under this Ordinance.
(5) If the master of a ship other than a Bangladesh ship engages such a seaman in Bangladesh otherwise than in accordance with the provisions of this section, he shall, for each offence, be punishable with fine which may extend to ten thousand Taka.

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