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Merchant Shipping (Continuous Discharge Certificates) Rules, 1960

The Merchant Shipping (Continuous Discharge Certificates) Rules, 1960

Published vide Notification Gazette of India, 1960, Part 2, Section 3(i), page 2087.

1910

G.S.R. 1557 dated 17th December, 1960. – In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 457 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 (44 of 1958), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules, namely :-

  1. Short title, commencement and application.– (1) These rules may be called the Merchant Shipping (Continuous Discharge Certificates) Rules, 1960.

(2) They shall apply to seamen engaged on ships other than home trade ships of less than 200 tons gross.

(3) They shall come into force on the 1st January, 1961.

  1. Definitions.– In these rules

(a) “Act” means the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 (44 of 1958);

(b) “C.D.C.” means a continuous discharge certificate, also called continuous certificate of discharge :

(c) “Form” means a form appended to these rules;

(d) “Shipping Master” means a shipping master of a port appointed under sub-section (1) of Section 11 of the Act and includes the officer in charge of the office at any other port where the business of shipping office is conducted.

  1. Application for C.D.C.– (1) Any person desiring to be employed as a seaman from a port in India at which a shipping office has been established or a port where the business of shipping office is conducted may apply to the shipping master of the port for the issue of a C.D.C.

(2) Every such application shall contain a declaration that a C.D.C. has not previously been issued to the applicant and shall also be accompanied by two copies of the applicant’s photograph. [**]

  1. Issue of C.D.C.– (1) The Shipping Master in cases where he decides to issue a C.D.C. shall, after the descriptive particulars of the applicant have been entered in and the photograph affixed to the C.D.C., affix his signature and official seal on the photograph and issue the same to the applicant.

(2) A C.D.C. issued under these rules shall be in Form I and shall be serially numbered. It shall also bear the name of the port of issue and the distinguishing code letters of the port as specified in the Annexure to these rules.

  1. Register of C.D.C.s.– (1) Shipping Master shall maintain a register of C.D.Cs. issued to seamen from his port in Form 2, which shall contain all the particulars recorded in the C.D.C.

(2) All subsequent entries in the C.D.Cs. issued from the port shall also be recorded in the register.

  1. Entry on Discharge.– (1) At the time of discharge, the seaman shall, if he so desires, be granted by the Master of the ship on which he has been serving an entry in the C.D.C. specifying the particulars referred to in sub-section (2) of Section 120 of the Act.

(2) The entries made in the C.D.C. shall be attested by the Shipping Master of the port of discharge, and thereafter the C.D.C. shall be returned to the seaman concerned.

  1. Period of validity.– A C.D.C. granted under these rules shall be valid till it is withdrawn, cancelled or suspended under these rules.
  2. Report of desertion etc.– For the purposes of Section 192 of the Act, the proper officer shall be the Shipping Master.
  3. Cancellation or suspension of a C.D.C.– (1) Where on a report received by him the Director-General is satisfied that a seaman has deserted his ship in the circumstances specified in Section 192, or that he has been convicted of an offence of the nature referred to in Section 195(2), the Director-General may direct the Shipping Master who issued the C.D.C. to withhold or suspend it for a specified period or cancel it.

(2) Where a C.D.C. is withheld, suspended or cancelled under sub-rule (1), the Shipping Master shall intimate the fact to the seaman concerned to his last known address and the Shipping Master of other ports in India and shall also endorse the fact in the original C.D.C. if and when available.

  1. Register of C.D.Cs. cancelled, etc.– The Shipping Master shall maintain a register of C.D.Cs. which have been withheld, cancelled or suspended under rule 9.
  2. C.D.C. not to be issued in certain cases.– No. C.D.C. shall be issued to a seaman under these rules to whom a C.D.C. has previously been issued from any port.
  3. Duplicate C.D.C.– [**]Where a C.D.C. issued under these rules is mislaid, lost, destroyed, defaced or mutilated, the seaman concerned may apply to the Shipping Master of the port concerned to issue a duplicate copy of the C.D.C. with all the entries of previous voyages or a summary of them recorded therein.
  4. Return of C.D.Cs.– Every Shipping Master shall, at the beginning of each quarter, furnish to the Director-General a return in form 3 of the number of C.D.Cs. issued to seamen from his port during the previous quarter.
  5. Certificates of Discharge.– (1) A seaman may apply to the shipping Master of a port for the issue to him of a certificate of discharge applicable for any specified voyage instead of a C.D.C.

(2) The certificate of discharge referred to in sub-rule (1) shall be in form 4.

(3) The provisions of rules 8 and 9 shall apply to certificates of discharge issued under this rule.

Form I

[See rule 4(2)]

Port 127

Continuous-Discharge Certificate

Issued under Merchant Shipping (Continuous Discharge Certificates) Rules, 1960

Photograph & Official Stamp

Note.-The above photo should be authenticated by impressing the Shipping Office Stamp and the Signature of the Shipping Master partly on the photo and partly on the book.

Name of the Seaman
Code No. of the Port
and Registered No.
of the Discharge Book

Notice to Seamen

(1) Seamen are informed that this continuous discharge certificate should be produced and handed to the Shipping Master, or Consul when signing Articles of Agreement, so that the engagement column may be filled in and the certificate give into the safe keeping of the Master of the ship.

(2) Should the seaman desert or fail to join, his book will be deposited by the Master with the Shipping Master, or Consul at the port where he left the ship, who will forward it to the Shipping Master of the port of engagement.

(3) Should this certificate become defaced or torn or filled up or should it get lost the shipping Master will, on application, arrange for the issue of a duplicate [***]

(4) Seamen are warned not to correct, alter or in any way tamper with the entries on this certificate as they are liable to be prosecuted if they do so.

Note. – Should this certificate come into the possession of any person to whom it does not belong, it should be handed to the Shipping Master, or the nearest Mercantile Marine Office, or be transmitted to the Directorate General of Shipping, Bombay.

Dis. A.

Issued by

THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA CONTINUOUS
Name of Seaman, in full Name of Father Date of Birth
Height Colour of Complexion
Feet Inches (1) Eyes (2) Hair
(1)

(2)

Record of any award or commendation received by the seaman. The entry should be signed by the Shipping Master, dated and stamped.

Foreign-going

Home Trade

Discharge Certificate

Place of Birth and Nationality Religion Certificate of competency, if any
Grade Number
Tattoo or other Distinguishing Marks

Issued at the Port of …………………………….

Date ……………………………

Signature of Seaman or left hand thumb Impression ……………………..} Shipping Master.

*Strike out as necessary.

(1)Medical Roster No. & Port ……………………..

(2)Pre-Sea Training Certificate No. and place of issue………………

(3) Seamen’s Employment Office Registration No. Port & Date………………

(4) Certificate of Efficiency as a Life-boatman………………….

(5) No. of Certificate of Competency in cooking………………….

Summary of former Certificate of Service

Character V. Good Good Declined to report Endorsement Not required No. of Voyages
Ability
Conduct
VOYAGES NOT COMPLETED ………………………….
Steamers No. of Voyages Rating No. of Voyages
CONTINUOUS

 

No. [*]Name of ship and official

Number, and tonnage

Date & place of [*]Rating
Engagement Discharge
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11

DISCHARGE CERTIFICATE

Description of voyage Copy of Report of Character Signature of Master and of Shipping Master/Consular officer with official stamp
For ability For general conduct
1 (1)

(2)

2 (1)

(2)

3 (1)

(2)

4 (1)

(2)

5 (1)

(2)

6 (1)

(2)

7 (1)

(2)

8 (1)

(2)

9 (1)

(2)

10 (1)

(2)

11 (1)

(2)

In Engineer’s Books insert Horse Power. In Radio Officer’s Books insert gross tonnage and wireless classification of ship.

CONTINUOUS
No. Name of ship and official Number, and tonnage Date & place of Engagement Discharge Rating
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22

 

DISCHARGE CERTIFICATE
Description of voyage Copy of Report of Character Signature of Master and of Shipping Master/Consular officer with official stamp
For ability For general conduct (1)

(2)

12 (1)

(2)

13 (1)

(2)

14 (1)

(2)

15 (1)

(2)

16 (1)

(2)

17 (1)

(2)

18 (1)

(2)

19 (1)

(2)

20 (1)

(2)

21 (1)

(2)

22 (1)

(2)

In Engineer’s Books insert Horse Power. In Radio Officer’s Books insert gross tonnage and wireless classification of ship.

CONTINUOUS
No. [*]Name of ship and official

Number, and tonnaget

Date & place of Engagement[*] Discharge [*]Rating
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33

 

DISCHARGE CERTIFICATE
Description of voyage Copy of Report of Character Signature of Master and of Shipping Master/Consular officer with official stamp
For ability For general conduct
23 (1)

(2)

24 (1)

(2)

25 (1)

(2)

26 (1)

(2)

27 (1)

(2)

28 (1)

(2)

29 (1)

(2)

30 (1)

(2)

31 (1)

(2)

32 (1)

(2)

33 (1)

(2)

In Engineer’s Books insert Horse Power. In Radio Officer’s Books insert gross tonnage and wireless classification of ship.

CONTINUOUS
No. [*]Name of ship and official Number, and tonnaget Date & place of Engagement[*] Discharge [*]Rating
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44

 

DISCHARGE CERTIFICATE
Copy of Report of Character Signature of Master and of Shipping Master/Consular officer with official stamp
Description of voyage For ability For general conduct
34 (1)

(2)

35 (1)

(2)

36 (1)

(2)

37 (1)

(2)

38 (1)

(2)

39 (1)

(2)

40 (1)

(2)

41 (1)

(2)

42 (1)

(2)

43 (1)

(2)

44 (1)

(2)

In Engineer’s Books insert Horse Power. In Radio Officer’s Books insert gross tonnage and wireless classification of ship.

CONTINUOUS
No. [*]Name of ship and official Number, and tonnaget Date & place of Engagement [*]Discharge [*]Rating
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54

 

DISCHARGE CERTIFICATE
Copy of Report of Character Signature of Master and of Shipping Master/Consular officer with official stamp
Description of voyage For ability For general conduct
45 (1)

(2)

46 (1)

(2)

47 (1)

(2)

48 (1)

(2)

49 (1)

(2)

50 (1)

(2)

51 (1)

(2)

52 (1)

(2)

53 (1)

(2)

54 (1)

(2)

 

HOME ADDRESS OF SEAMAN
(To be entered by the Seaman)
NEXT-OF-KIN OF SEAMAN WITH ADDRESS
Name & Relationship …………………………………………..

Address ………………………………………

Register Of Gontinuous Discharge Certificate

Form 2

(See rule 5)

Issued by the Goverment of India

REGISTERED NO OF THE DISCHARGE BOOK …………………………….
DATE OF ISSUE OF CERTIFICATE …………………………………………….
(1) Medical Roster No. & Port ………………………………………….

(2) Pre-Sea Training Certificate No. and place of issue ……………………..

(3) Seamen’s Employment Office Registration No. Port & Date …………………

(4) Certificate of Efficiency as a Life-boatman…………………………………..

(5) No. of Certificate of Competency in Cooking…………………………………..

Name of the seaman in full …………………….Date of Birth………. Place of Birth and Nationality……………Race or Religion

 

SEAMEN’S

PHOTOGRAH

 

 

Certificate of Competencey, if any
Village ………………………..
Thana …………………………
[*]Name of seaman’s father ………. P. O ……………….. Grade Number
District ……………………….
Height Colour of Complexion ……………….. Tatto or other Distinguishing marks
Feet Inches Eyes Hair
Record of any award or commendation received by the seaman.
(The entry should be signed by the Shipping Mas Fr. dated and stamped)
SUMMERY OF FORMER CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE.
Character V. Good Good Declined to report Endorsement not required No. of Voyages  

 

 

Signature of seaman or Issued on-left and thumb impression.

Ability
Conduct
Voyages Not Completed …………………………………
Steamers No. of Voyages Rating No. of Voyages
SHIPPING MASTER

 

No. [*]Name of Ship and official number and tonnaget Date and place of [*]Rating Description of voyage Copy of Report of Character Master’s Shipping Master Initial
Engagement Discharge For ability For general conduct
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60

Form 3

(See rule 13)

Return in respect of Continuous Discharge Certificates issued to seamen during the quarter ending …………………..at the port of………..

No. of Continuous Discharge Certificates issued

Deck Engine room Saloon Total
Foreign-going
Home Trade

No. of duplicate Continuous Discharge Certificates issued……………………….

Shipping Master

To,

The Director General of Shipping,

Bombay.

Form 4

(See rule 14)

Certificate Of Discharge

(Section 119 of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958)

No…………………..
Name of ship Precribed by the Government of India Seaman discharged from
 

Official Number Port of Registry

Name and Official Number of ship Port of Registry Tonnage Description of Voyage Employement
 

Name of Seaman

Name of Seaman Place of Birth Date of Birth Capacity Date of Engagement Date of Discharge Place of Discharg
 

Date of Issue Signature of Shipping Master

Height and Identification marks Date of sailing from Home Port Date of arrival at Home Port
I Certify that the above particulars are correct, and that the above-named Seaman was discharged accordingly.
Dated this

Seaman

day of 19

Master.

[Annexure

(See rule 4)

Names of ports and their code letters for purposes of issue of Continuous Discharge Certificate

S. No. Name of port Code letters
1 2 3
1 BADAGARA BD
2 BALASORE BL
3 BHEEMUNIPATNAM BP
4 BOMBAY BY
5 CALCUTTA CL
6 CALINGAPATNAM CP
7 CHANDBAU CB
8 COCHIN CN
9 CANNANORE CR
10 CANNDAPUR CD
11 CUDDALORE CU
12 GOPALPUR GP
13 HONAVAR HO
14 KAKANADA KA
15 KANDLA KL
16 KARWAR KR
17 KOZHIKODE KE
18 MADRAS MS
19 MONGALORE MA
20 MORMUGAO MG
21 MASULIPATNAM MM
22 NAGAPATTINAM NM
23 PAMBAN PM
24 PONNANI PN
25 PORTO NOVO PV
26 PURI PR
27 TELLICHERY TL
28 TUTICORIN TU
29 VISHAKHAPATNAM VM]

 

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