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126.96.36.199 CONDITION PRIOR TO SHIPMENTThe Master should carefully note the condition of the cargo prior to loading
Any apparently defective cargo or cargo affected by external elements such as moisture, rust or foreign matter should be rejected and be replaced by sound cargo. Mate’s receipts and bills of lading may otherwise need to be claused – please see section 2.11.4 Signing bills of lading – letters of indemnity.
If the Master is in doubt about the condition of the cargo, the local P&I correspondent should be asked to assist.