Decision on disputes by Shipping Masters
148. (1) Where under the agreement with the crew any dispute arises at any port in Bangladesh between the master, owner or agent of a ship and any of the crew of the ship, it shall be submitted to the Shipping Master,-
(a) Where the amount in dispute does not exceed five hundred Taka, at the instance of either party to the dispute; and
(b) in any other case, if both parties to the dispute agree in writing to submit the dispute to the Shipping Master.
(2) The Shipping Master shall hear and decide the dispute so submitted and an award made by him upon the submission shall be conclusive as to the rights of the parties, and any document purporting to be submission or award shall be prima facie evidence thereof :
Provided that if, in any case, the Shipping Master is of opinion that the question is one which ought to be decided by a Court of law, he may refuse to decide the dispute.
(3) An award made by a Shipping Master under this section may be enforced by a Magistrate in the same manner as an order for the payment of wages made by Magistrate under this Ordinance.
(4) Nothing in the Arbitration Act, 1940 (X of 1940), shall apply to any matter submitted to a Shipping Master for decision under this section.