172. Beddings, towels, medicines, medical stores, etc., to be provided and kept on board certain ships.-
(1) The owner of every ship of over five hundred tons gross shall supply or cause, to be supplied to every seaman for his personal use, bedding, towels, mess utensils and other articles according, to such scale as may be prescribed; and different scales may be prescribed in respect of different classes of ships.
(2) All foreign-going Indian ships and all home-trade ships of two hundred tons gross or more shall have always on board a sufficient supply of medicines, medical stores, appliances and first aid equipment suitable for diseases and accidents likely to occur on voyages according to such scale as may be prescribed.
(3) It shall be the duty of the port health officer or such other person as the Central Government may appoint in this behalf to inspect the medicines, medical stores and appliances with which a ship is required to be provided.