Does a master have any defence to a charge of overloading in port?

Yes, if he can prove that the overloading was due solely to deviation or delay caused solely by stress of weather or other circumstances which neither the owner, the charterer (if any) or he could have prevented or forestalled.

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Before a UK ship’s departure from port, what notice must be displayed in accordance with the Load Line Regulations, and what must be entered on it?

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