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The Bangladesh Merchant Shipping Ordinance, 1983

( Ordinance NO. XXVI Of 1983 )

Chapter 24


Power to make rules as to load lines
325. (1) The Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules, hereinafter referred to as the “Load Line Rules”, to carry out the purposes of this Chapter.
(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power, such rules may provide for all or any of the following matters, namely:-
(a) survey and periodical inspection of ships;
(b) determination of free board deck in relation to any ship and marking on each side of the ship to indicate the position of that deck by a mark, hereinafter referred to as a “deck line”;
(c) determination in relation to a ship, by reference to her deck line and free boards, of the position in which each side of the ship is to be marked with lines, hereinafter referred to as “load lines”, to indicate the maximum depths to which the ship may be loaded in various circumstances;
(d) conditions, hereinafter referred to as the “conditions of assignment”, on which load lines may be assigned;
(e) requirements, relevant to the assignment of free boards, in respect of hull, superstructures, fittings and appliances;
(f ) particulars to be recorded in relation to matters referred to in clauses (d) and (e) and the manner in which they shall be recorded;
(g) the circumstances in which a ship, during the continuance of the assignment of free boards assigned to her, if any, shall be deemed, for the purposes of the provisions of this Chapter, to comply with the conditions of assignment;
(h) the form in which an International Load Line Certificate, a Bangladesh Load Line Certificate, an International Load Line Exemption Certificate and a Bangladesh Load Line Exemption Certificate shall be issued;
(i) the period during which an exemption certificate shall remain in force;
(j) the extension and termination of the period for which an exemption certificate was issued;
(k) the manner in which endorsements relating to periodical inspection of a ship or to an extension of the period for which an exemption certificate was issued shall be made on the certificate; and
(l) the fees payable for the issue or extension of a certificate referred to in clause (h) and the rates according to which the fees payable in respect of the surveys and periodical inspections shall be calculated.
(3) The load line rules shall also include provisions requiring such information relating to the stability of any ship to which free boards are assigned thereunder, and such information relating to the loading and ballasting of any such ship, as may be determined in accordance with the rules to be provided for the guidance of the master of the ship in such manner as may be so determined.

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