Official logs to be kept and to be evidence
379. (1) Except in the case of a coasting ship not exceeding 200 tons gross and a sailing vessel or fishing vessel, an official log in the prescribed form shall be kept in every Bangladesh ship.
(2) The official log shall be kept distinct from the ordinary ship's log.
(3) Any entry required by this Ordinance in the official log book shall be made as soon as possible after the occurrence to which it relates, and if not made on the same day as that occurrence, shall be made and dated so as to show the date of the occurrence and of the entry respecting it; and if made in respect of an occurrence happening before the arrival of the ship at her final port of discharge, shall not be made more than twenty four hours after that arrival.
(4) Every entry in the official log book shall be signed by the master and by the senior mate available on board and also-
(a) if it is an entry of illness, injury or death, by the surgeon or medical practitioner on board, if any;
(b) if it is an entry of wages due to, or of the sale of the effects of a seaman or apprentice who dies, by some other member of the crew; and
(c) if it is an entry of wages due to a seaman who enters service in the Bangladesh Navy, by the seaman or by the officer authorised to receive the seaman into that service.
(5) Every entry made in an official log book in the manner provided by this Ordinance shall be admissible in evidence.