GH Renton and Co Ltd v Palmyra Trading Corporation of Panama: HL 1957

An agreement transferring responsibility for loading, stowage and discharge of cargo from the shipowners to shippers, charterers and consignees is not invalidated by article III, r. 8.
Lord Somervell of Harrow said as to Art III r2: ‘It is, in my opinion, directed and only directed to the manner in which the obligations undertaken are to be carried out. Subject to the later provisions, it prohibits the shipowner from contracting out of liability for doing what he undertakes properly and with care. This question was considered by Devlin J in Pyrene Co Ltd v Scindia Navigation Company Limited in relation to the words ‘shall properly and carefully load’. I agree with his statement, which has already been cited.’

Lord Morton of Henryton, Lord Cohen and Lord Somervell of Harrow.
[1957] AC 149
Hague-Visby Rules III r8
England and Wales
ApprovedPyrene Co Ltd v Scindia Navigation Co Ltd QBD 1954
The fob contract has become a flexible instrument and it does not necessarily follow that the buyer is an original party to the contract of carriage. The effect of article III, r. 2 of the Hague-Visby Rules was not to override freedom of contract to . .

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CitedVolcafe Ltd and Others v Compania Sud Americana De Vapores Sa SC 5-Dec-2018
The claimant appellants, arranged shipment of bagged Colombian green coffee beans, stowed in 20 unventilated 20-foot containers from Panama to Rotterdam, Hamburg or Bremerhaven for on carriage to Bremen. The bill of lading for each consignment . .

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Updated: 01 December 2021; Ref: scu.219877