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The Bangladesh Merchant Shipping Ordinance, 1983

( Ordinance NO. XXVI Of 1983 )

Chapter 16

DISCIPLINE OF SEAMEN AND APPRENTICES

Report of desertions and absence without leave
201. (1) Whenever any seaman not shipped in Bangladesh deserts or otherwise absents himself in Bangladesh without leave from a Bangladesh ship 1[or a foreign ship] in which he is engaged to serve, the master of the ship shall, within forty-eight hours of discovering such desertion or absence, report the same to the Shipping Master or to such other Officer as the Government may appoint in this behalf, unless in the meantime the deserter or absentee returns.
 
 
 
 
(2) Any master 2[on Bangladeshi ships and Bangladeshi masters on foreign ships] who wilfully neglects to comply with the provisions of sub section (1) shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one month, or with fine which may extend to 3[fifty thousand] Taka, or with both.

  • 1
    The words “or a foreign ship” were inserted by section 6 of the Bangladesh Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2004 (Act No. VIII of 2004).
  • 2
    The words “on Bangladeshi ships and Bangladeshi masters on foreign ships” were inserted by section 6 of the Bangladesh Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2004 (Act No. VIII of 2004).
  • 3
    The words “fifty thousand” were substituted for the words “five thousand” by section 6 of the Bangladesh Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2004 (Act No. VIII of 2004).
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