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The Bangladesh Merchant Shipping Ordinance, 1983

( Ordinance NO. XXVI Of 1983 )

Chapter 38

WRECK

Interfering with wrecked vessel or wreck
461. (1) A person shall not, without the leave of the master, board or endeavour to board any vessel which is wrecked, stranded or in distress, unless that person is, or acts by command of, the Receiver of Wreck or a person lawfully acting as such, and if he does so, shall be liable to be removed from the vessel or repelled by the master of the vessel by force.
 
 
 
 
(2) A person shall not-
 
 
 
 
(a) impede or hinder, or endeavour in any way to impede or hinder, the saving of any vessel stranded or in danger of being stranded, or otherwise in distress on or near the coasts of Bangladesh, including the territorial waters thereof, or of any part of the cargo or equipment of the vessel, or of any wreck;
 
 
 
 
(b) secret any wreck, or deface obliterate any marks thereon; or
 
 
 
 
(c) wrongfully carry away or remove any part of a vessel stranded or in danger of being stranded, or otherwise in distress, on or near such coasts or within those waters, or any part of the cargo or equipment of the vessel, or any wreck.
 
 
(3) If any person acts in contravention of this section, he shall, for each offence, be punishable with fine which may extend to twenty thousand Taka, and which may be imposed in addition to any other punishment to which he may otherwise be liable.

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