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Seamen (Supply of Articles for Personal use) Rules, 1966

The Seamen (Supply of Articles for Personal use) Rules, 1966

Published vide Notification Gazette of India, 1966, Part 2, Section 3(i), page 1028.


G.S.R 893, dated 3rd June, 1966. – In exercise of the powers conferred by Sub-Section (i) of Section 172, read with Clause (1) of sub-section (2) of Section 101, of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 (44 of 1958), the Central Government hereby makes the following rule, namely:-

  1. Short title, Application and Commencement.– (1) These Rules may be called the Seamen (Supply of Articles for Personal use) Rules, 1966.

(2) They shall apply to every ship of over five hundred tons gross employing or engaging seamen under the said Act.

(3) They shall come into force on the 1st day of June, 1966.

  1. Supply of Articles for Personal use.– (1)Every Master or owner of a ship to which these rules apply shall supply or cause to be supplied to each seaman for his personal use on his employment or engagement as such seaman and at periodical intervals thereafter the articles mentioned in the Scheduled to these rules in accordance with the terms and conditions specified therein

(2)Every article supplied under sub-rule (1) shall be for the personal use of a seaman on board during service on the ship and shall, except soap or detergent, be returned by him in good condition to the Master at the time of his discharge from the ship.

(3)In the event of any such article not being returned in good condition or being lost, the seaman concerned shall be liable to pay an amount not exceeding the cost price of the article.

(4)The amount referred to in sub-rule (3) shall be deducted by the master from the wages or balance of wages of the seaman at the time to his discharge from the ship.

(5)For the purpose of sub-rule (3) and (4), the expression “good condition” shall include any condition of normal wear and tear.


Scale of Supply of Personal Items to Every Seaman

[See Rule 2 (1)]
(a) Crokery-Cutlery
(i) One full plate  

Either Porcelain or Stainless Steel or equivalent quality.

(ii)One quarter plate or Bowl (Katori) of not less than 3” diameter
(iii)One Mud  


Stainless Steel

(iv) One Teaspoon
(v) One Table-spoon
(vi) One Table Knife
(vii) One Fork
(i)One Mattress
(ii)One Pillow-Standard size (not less than 20”).
(i)One Pillow Case
(ii)Two bedsheets
(iii)One bedspread
(iv)Two Blankets
(v)One bath towel (Turkish or equivalent quality of not less than 42” size)
(d) Soap per month
(i)3 Cakes of toilet soap
(ii)One lb. of washing soap or detergent.
(i)One tea strainer to be provided in each cabin; or two aluminium kettles and one tea strainer in the Gallery.
(ii) One ash tray in each cabin.
(iii) One mug to be provided in each Indian style toilet.


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