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A bill of lading which—
(a)represents goods to have been shipped on board a vessel or to have been received for shipment on board a vessel; and
(b)has been signed by the master of the vessel or by a person who was not the master but had the express, implied or apparent authority of the carrier to sign bills of lading,
shall, in favour of a person who has become the lawful holder of the bill, be conclusive evidence against the carrier of the shipment of the goods or, as the case may be, of their receipt for shipment.
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