Stability information and damage control
302. (1) There shall be carried on board every Bangladesh ship whose keel was not laid before the first day of May, 1955, such information in writing about the ship's stability as is necessary for the guidance of the master in loading and ballasting the ship, and, in the case of a passenger ship, also in maintaining sufficient stability to enable the ship to withstand damage.
(2) The aforesaid information shall be in such form as may be approved by the Government and shall be based on the determination of the ship's stability by means of an inclining test of the ship:
Provided that the Government may allow the information to be based on a similar determination of the stability of a sister ship:
Provided further that in the case of a ship specifically designed for the carriage of liquids or ore in bulk, or, of any class of such ships, the Government may allow the inclining test to be dispensed with if it is satisfied from the information available in respect of similar ships that the ship's proportions and arrangements are such as to ensure more than sufficient stability in all probable loading conditions.
(3) Whenever the accuracy of the information provided under sub section (1) is materially affected by alterations made to the ship, such information shall be replaced by fresh information of the nature specified in that sub section; and, in any such case, the Government may require a fresh inclining test of the ship.
(4) When any information under this section is provided for any ship, the owner shall send, for approval, two copies thereof to such officer as may be authorised by the Government in this behalf who shall, after endorsing them, send a copy to the owner and retain the other for his record.
(5) If any such ship proceeds or attempts to proceed to sea without having on board such information as aforesaid, the owner or the master of the ship shall be punishable with fine which may extend to five thousand Taka.