214. (1) In this Chapter, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,-
(a) “Court” means a Civil, Revenue or a Marine Court.
(b) “Proceeding” includes any suit, appeal or application; and
(c) “Shipping Master” means-
(i) in the case of a seaman, the Shipping Master for the port at which the serving seaman entered into or is believed to have entered into an agreement, or where there is no such agreement, for the port to which the serving seaman has returned or is expected to return on the completion of his last voyage; and
(ii) in the case of masters and apprentices referred to in section 222, the Shipping Master for the port at which the agreement with the crew of the ship was opened.
(2) For the purposes of this Chapter, a seaman shall be deemed to be a serving seaman during any period commencing the day on which he enters into an agreement and ending thirty days after the day on which he is finally discharged from such agreement.
(3) The Shipping Master or any Officer authorised by the Government in this behalf or a Police Officer not below the rank of Inspector of Police may report any offence against this Ordinance or any rule made thereunder to a Magistrate having local jurisdiction to try the offence and thereupon he shall take cognizance of the offence:
Provided that in the case of any offence relating to or arising out of any agreement entered into with any seaman, master or owner of the ship concerned or any other person duly authorised by him in that behalf, shall have the power to make a report under this sub section.