Allowance for short or bad provisions
182. (1) Where, during the voyage, the allowance of any of the provisions for which a seaman has by his agreement stipulated is reduced, or where it is shown that any of those provisions are or have, during the voyage, been bad in quality or unfit for human consumption, the seaman shall receive by way of compensation for such reduction or bad quality calculated with reference to the duration of its continuance such sums as may be prescribed; and the compensation shall be in addition to, and be recoverable as, wages.
(2) If it is shown to the satisfaction of the Court before which the case is tried that any provisions, the allowance of which has been reduced, could not be procured or supplied in proper quantities, and that proper and equivalent substitutes were supplied in lieu thereof, the Court shall take those circumstances into consideration and modify or refuse the compensation as the justice of the case requires:
Provided that, if the amount of compensation claimed does not exceed five hundred Taka in respect of any one seaman, the Shipping Master may, on application of either party, settle the compensation as if it were a dispute submitted to him under section 148 and the decision of the Shipping Master in the matter shall be final.