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Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1971

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. 1. Application of Hague Rules as amended.

  3. 1A. Conversion of special drawing rights into sterling.

  4. 2. Contracting States, etc.

  5. 3. Absolute warranty of seaworthiness not to be implied in contracts to which Rules apply.

  6. 4. Application of Act to British possessions, etc.

  7. 5. Extension of application of Rules to carriage from ports in British possessions, etc.

  8. 6. Supplemental.

    1. SCHEDULE

      The Hague Rules as amended by the Brussels Protocol 1968

      1. Article I

        1. In these Rules the following words are employed, with the...

        2. (a) “Carrier” includes the owner or the charterer who enters...

        3. (b) “Contract of carriage” applies only to contracts of carriage...

        4. (c) “Goods” includes goods, wares, merchandise, and articles of every...

        5. (d) “Ship” means any vessel used for the carriage of...

        6. (e) “Carriage of goods” covers the period from the time...

      2. Article II

        1. Subject to the provisions of Article VI, under every contract...

      3. Article III

        1. 1.The carrier shall be bound before and at the beginning...

        2. 2.Subject to the provisions of Article IV, the carrier shall...

        3. 3.After receiving the goods into his charge the carrier or...

        4. 4.Such a bill of lading shall be primafa facie evidence...

        5. 5.The shipper shall be deemed to have guaranteed to the...

        6. 6.Unless notice of loss or damage and the general nature...

        7. 6bis.An action for indemnity against a third person may be...

        8. 7.After the goods are loaded the bill of lading to...

        9. 8.Any clause, covenant, or agreement in a contract of carriage...

      4. Article IV

        1. 1.Neither the carrier nor the ship shall be liable for...

        2. 2.Neither the carrier nor the ship shall be responsible for...

        3. 3.The shipper shall not be responsible for loss or damage...

        4. 4.Any deviation in saving or attempting to save life or...

        5. 5.(a) Unless the nature and value of such goods have...

        6. 6.Goods of an inflammable, explosive or dangerous nature to the...

      5. Article IV

        1. bis

        2. 1.The defences and limits of liability provided for in these...

        3. 2.If such an action is brought against a servant or...

        4. 3.The aggregate of the amounts recoverable from the carrier, and...

        5. 4.Nevertheless, a servant or agent of the carrier shall not...

      6. Article V

        1. A carrier shall be at liberty to surrender in whole...

      7. Article VI

        1. Notwithstanding the provisions of the preceding articles, a carrier, master...

        2. Any agreement so entered into shall have full legal effect....

        3. Provided that this article shall not apply to ordinary commercial...

      8. Article VII

        1. Nothing herein contained shall prevent a carrier or a shipper...

      9. Article VIII

        1. The provisions of these Rules shall not affect the rights...

      10. Article IX

        1. These Rules shall not affect the provisions of any international...

      11. Article X

        1. The provisions of these Rules shall apply to every bill...

        2. (a) the bill of lading is issued in a contracting...

        3. (b) the carriage is from a port in a contracting...

        4. (c) the contract contained in or evidenced by the bill...

        5. whatever may be the nationality of the ship, the carrier,...

        6. [The last two paragraphs of this article are not reproduced....

        7. [Articles 11 to 16 of the International Convention for the...

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