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The Bangladesh Merchant Shipping Ordinance, 1983

( Ordinance NO. XXVI Of 1983 )

Chapter 20

SPECIAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO SPECIAL TRADE PASSENGER SHIPS

Notice of proceeding of special trade passenger ship carrying pilgrims on voyage
289. (1) The master, owner or agent of any ship which is intended to proceed on a voyage as a special trade passenger ship carrying pilgrims from any port or place in Bangladesh shall, before advertising such ship for the conveyance of pilgrims or offering to convey any pilgrims by such ship or selling or permitting any person to sell a passage ticket to any pilgrim for conveyance by such ship, supply to the prescribed officer, hereinafter referred to as the Port Hajj Officer, at the port or place from which the ship is to commence the voyage and at each port or place in Bangladesh at which she is to touch for the purpose of receiving pilgrims on board, full particulars as to the class, tonnage and age of the ship, the maximum number of passage tickets of each class to be issued, the maximum price of each class of ticket, the date on which the ship is to depart or proceed on a voyage from that port or place, the ports, if any, at which she is to touch, the destination of the ship, and the probable date of her arrival thereat.
 
 
 
 
(2) The master, owner or agent shall supply to the Port Hajj Officer, within three days from the date of demand, such further information in regard to the matters mentioned in sub section (1) as that officer may in writing demand from him.
 
 
 
 
(3) The master, owner or agent of a ship intending to carry pilgrims shall at such time, not being less than ten days preceding the date of departure or proceeding on voyage of the ship from any port or place in Bangladesh as may be prescribed, advertise at such port or place in the prescribed manner-
 
 
 
 
(a) the destination of the ship,
 
 
 
 
(b) the proposed date of departure or proceeding on voyage from that port or place which shall be the date communicated to the Port Hajj Officer under sub section (1), and
 
 
 
 
(c) the price of each class of passage ticket, which shall not be in excess of the price communicated to the Port Hajj Officer under sub section (1).
 
 
 
 
(4) The master, owner or agent of a ship shall be punishable with a fine which may extend to twenty thousand Taka, if he-
 
 
 
 
(a) without reasonable cause, the burden of proving which shall lie upon him, fails or refuses to supply any particulars or information which he is by, or under, this section required to supply, or supplies false particulars or information, or
 
 
 
 
(b) advertises any ship for the conveyance of pilgrims or offers to convey pilgrims by any ship, or sells or promises or permits any person to sell passage tickets to pilgrims for the conveyance by any ship, without having first supplied the particulars required by sub section (1) and in accordance with the provisions of that sub section, or
 
 
(c) advertises a date of departure or proceeding on voyage from any port or place other than the date communicated to the Port Hajj Officer at that port or place under sub section (1), or advertises a price for passage tickets at that port or place in excess of the price so communicated, or
 
 
 
 
(d) offers to convey pilgrims by any ship from any port or place in Bangladesh or sells or promises or permits any person to sell passage tickets to pilgrims for conveyance by a ship from any such port or place without having advertised as required by sub section (3), the matters specified in that sub section, or
 
 
 
 
(e) sells or permits any person to sell to any pilgrim any passage ticket at a price in excess of the price communicated to the Port Hajj Officer under sub section (1).

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