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A bus is being loaded on deck, for which an “on deck” bill of lading will be issued. Can the bus be stowed anywhere on deck?

No.

 It may be a fundamental breach of the contract to stow cargo in an unsuitable place on deck. The place of stowage on deck is important. The bus should not be stowed in any exposed place, and especially not on the fore deck where seas or spray may damage it.

 

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