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The Bangladesh Merchant Shipping Ordinance, 1983

( Ordinance NO. XXVI Of 1983 )

Chapter 20


Special power to make rules
264. Without prejudice to the powers to make rules under section 259, the Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules relating to requirements for special trade passenger ships which may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:-
(a) the accommodation space required to be provided, which shall include the location of such accommodation and space in the ship, provision of bunks and specifications thereof, number of hospitals, lavatories, supply of light and ventilation and the provision of airing spaces and awnings;
(b) provision for the separation of different categories of passengers;
(c) the number of persons to be carried on a special trade passenger ship;
(d) the seasons of fair weather during which periods passengers may be accommodated on the weather deck;
(e) the seasons of foul weather during which periods passengers may not be accommodated on the weather deck except for the use of the deck as airing space as may be required to be provided in the rules made under this section;
(f) the classification of voyages with reference to the distance between the port of departure and the port of destination, the duration of the voyage, or any other consideration which the Government may think fit to take into account for the purpose;
(g) the prohibition or regulation of the carriage of cargo in any space reserved for passengers;
(h) the disposal of baggage of passengers on board the ship and the provision of separate space in between the decks for the storage of light baggage;
(i) the licensing, supervision and control of persons engaged in assisting persons to obtain special trade passenger accommodation in ships departing or proceeding from any port or place in Bangladesh and the prohibition of unlicensed person from being so engaged; and
(j) any other matter which is to be made or may be prescribed under this Chapter.

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