Master to take charge of the effects of deceased seamen
163. (1) If any seaman or apprentice engaged on any ship, the voyage of which is to terminate in Bangladesh, dies during that voyage, the master of the ship shall immediately report the death to the Shipping Master at the port of engagement of the seaman, and take charge of any money or effects belonging to the seaman or apprentice which are on board the ship.
(2) The master may, if he thinks fit, cause any effects to be sold by auction at the mast or otherwise by public auction.
(3) The master shall enter in the official log book the following particulars, namely:-
(a) a statement of the amount of money and a description of the effects;
(b) in the case of a sale, a description of each article sold and the sum received for each; and
(c) a statement of the sum due to the deceased for wages and of the amount of deduction, if any, to be made from the wages.
(4) The said money, effects, proceeds of sale of effects, and balance of wages, are in this Ordinance referred to as the property of the seaman or apprentice.