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03/07/2022
Laws of Bangladesh

The Inland Shipping Ordinance, 1976

( Ordinance NO. LXXII OF 1976 )

Chapter II

REGISTRATION AND SURVEY

Inland ships to be surveyed and registered
3. (1) 1[Every inland ship other than inland ships owned by the Defence Services] which plies or seeks to ply or is used or intended to be used for any service, on inland waters shall be required to be surveyed and registered under this Ordinance.
 
 
 
 
2[(2) An inland ship shall not be surveyed and registered under this Ordinance unless her design and plan have been approved under section 5A 3[, certificate of compliance have been obtained under sub-section (3) of section 5B] and she is owned by-
 
 
 
 
(a) a citizen of Bangladesh;
 
 
 
 
(b) a company registered in Bangladesh; or
 
 
(c) a company which is not registered in Bangladesh but has an agent or branch in Bangladesh together with such organisation as is adequate for the independent operation in Bangladesh of the agency or branch.]
 
 
 
 
(3) Sub-section (1) shall not apply-
 
 
 
 
(a) to an inland ship, if she does not carry any passenger or cargo, while making her first voyage to the place of registry for the purpose of registration or while on a voyage during the period from the date of expiry of the certificate of survey to the date of reaching the nearest place of survey to have the certificate renewed; or
 
 
 
 
(b) to a sea-going vessel having right or authority to be in a port or place in, or to ply on tidal waters of, Bangladesh 4[ ; or
 
 
 
 
(c) to a mechanised wooden country boat propelled by any engine including shallow engine having a maximum capacity of 16 HP.]

  • 1
    The words “Every inland ship other than inland ships owned by the Defence Services” were substituted for the words “Subject to the other provisions of this Ordinance every inland ship” by section 3 of the Inland Shipping (Amendment) Ordinance, 1983 (XIX of 1983)
  • 2
    Sub-section 2 was substituted by Section 2 of the Inland Shipping (Amendment) Ordinance, 1979 (XIV of 1979)
  • 3
    The comma, words, brackets and figures “, certificate of compliance have been obtained under sub-section (3) of section 5 B” were inserted by section 2 of the Inland Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2005 (Act No. XIII of 2005)
  • 4
    The semi-colon (;) was substituted for the full-stop (.) and thereafter the word “or” and clause (c) were inserted by section 3 of the Inland Shipping (Amendment) Act, 1990 (I of 1990)
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