—(1) If 3 or more seamen employed on a ship consider that the provisions or water provided for the seamen employed on that ship are not in accordance with the regulations made under section 70 (whether because of bad quality, unfitness for use or deficiency in quantity) they may complain to the master of the ship who shall investigate the complaint.
(2) If the seamen are dissatisfied with the action taken by the master as a result of his investigation or by his failure to take any action, they may state their dissatisfaction to him and may complain to the Director; and thereupon the master shall make adequate arrangements to enable the seamen to do so as soon as the service of the ship permits.
(3) The Director shall, upon receiving the complaint made under subsection (2), investigate the complaint and may examine the provisions or water or cause them to be examined.
(4) If the master of a ship fails without reasonable cause to comply with subsection (2), he shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000 and if he has been notified in writing by the person making any examination under subsection (3) that any provisions or water are found to be unfit for use or not of the quality required by the regulations, then —
if they are not replaced within a reasonable time the master or the owner of the ship shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 unless he proves that the failure to replace them was not due to his neglect or default; and
if the master of the ship, without reasonable cause, permits them to be used, he shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000.