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120. Certificate as to work of seamen.-

(1) When a seaman is discharged from a ship in India, the master shall furnish to the shipping master before whom the discharge is made a report in the prescribed form stating -

(a) the quality of the work of the seaman; or

(b) whether the seaman has fulfilled his obligations under the agreement with the crew; or

(c) that he declines to express an opinion on those particulars; and the shipping master shall, if the seaman so desires, give to him or endorse on his certificate of discharge a copy of such report.

(2) A seaman who is entitled to a certificate of discharge under section 119 may, if he so desires, be granted by the master, in lieu of the certificate referred to in sub-section (1) of the said section or the report referred to in sub-section (1) of this section, a continuous discharge certificate specifying the period of his service together with an endorsement stating -

(a) the quality of the work of the seaman; or

(b) whether the 'seaman has fulfilled his obligations under the agreement with the crew; or

(c) that he declines to express an opinion on those particulars;

and the shipping master shall thereupon sign and give such continuous discharge certificate notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in sub-section (1).

(3) If the master states that he declines to express an opinion on the particulars mentioned in clauses (a) and (b) of sub-section (1) or sub-section (2), he shall enter in the official log book his reasons for so declining.



Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act, 1986 Back




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