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The Bangladesh Merchant Shipping Ordinance, 1983

( Ordinance NO. XXVI Of 1983 )

Chapter 44


Inquiry into cause of death on board of Bangladesh ship
499. (1) If any person dies on board a Bangladesh foreign going ship, the Shipping Master at the port where the crew of the ship is discharged, or the Shipping Master at any earlier port of call in Bangladesh, shall, on the arrival of the ship at that port, inquire into the cause of death, and shall make in the official log book an endorsement to the effect, either the statement of the cause of death in the log-book is in his opinion true, or the contrary, according to the result of the inquiry.
(2) If, in the course of any such inquiry, it appears to the Shipping Master that a death has been caused on board the ship by violence or other unlawful act, he shall either report the matter to the Government or, if the emergency of the case so requires, take immediate steps for bringing the offender to trial.
(3) For the purposes of an inquiry under this section, the Shipping Master shall have all such powers as are specified in sub section (3) of section 416.

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