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Do the words “properly and carefully ” imply the same degree of care as exercising due diligence?

No – a greater degree of care.ย 

“Properly and carefully” caring, etc. for the cargo means looking after it with the greatest degree of care and attention, as if it were the carrier’s own property.

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Where the Hague- Visby Rules apply, what are the carrier’s obligations regarding issue of a bill of lading?

Where the Hague- Visby Rules apply, what are the carrier’s obligations regarding looking after the cargo?