What are the possible consequences for the owners or carrier of deviating from the contracted voyage?

They would probably be deprived of all defences under the Hague or Hague- Visby Rules (as applicable), as well as common law, to liability for cargo loss, damage and delay, and would consequently be greatly exposed to claims. (The owners would not necessarily lose their insurance cover if the deviation was not authorised by them, however, e. g. if it was an act of barratry by the master. )

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