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The Bangladesh Merchant Shipping Ordinance, 1983

( Ordinance NO. XXVI Of 1983 )

Chapter 30


Duty of master of ship to assist in case of collision
372. (1) In every case of collision between two ships, the master or person in charge of each ship, if and so far as he can do so without danger to his own ship, crew and passengers, if any, shall-
(a) render to the other ship, her master, crew and passengers, if any, such assistance as may be practicable and may be necessary to save them from any danger caused by the collision and stay by the other ship until he has ascertained that she has no need of further assistance, and
(b) give to the master or person in charge of the other ship the name of his own ship and of the port to which she belongs and also the names of the ports from which she comes and to which she is bound.
(2) If the master or person in charge fails, without reasonable cause, to comply with this section, he shall, for each offence, be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to ten thousand Taka, or with both; and if he is a Certificated Officer, an inquiry into his conduct may be held, and his certificate may be suspended or cancelled.

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