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How does the law generally view the carriage of containerised cargo on deck on purpose-built container ships?

As being equivalent to underdeck carriage of goods. Container line bills of lading therefore usually give the carrier the option of stowing the cargo either on or under deck. 

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How does the law view the carriage of containerised cargo on deck on ships other than purpose-built containerships?

A shipowner tells a master to stow a piece of unprotected machinery on deck for a coastal voyage, even though the cargo could easily be stowed under deck. Will the owners be breaching the contract of carriage?