What should a master do in the situation in the previous question where he did not agree with the shipper’s cargo figures?

Inform the agent, who should write a letter of protest to the shipper on the master’s behalf and complete and sign the bills of lading under protest. The agent would then release all the original documents to the shipper, who would send them to the consignee.

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What should the master do if he is asked to sign bills of lading which are either blank or only partially completed?

A tanker has completed loading and is ordered to sea, but the bills of lading have been presented for signature without any cargo figures being inserted. What should the master do?