What will be the legal effect of a failure by the carrier to show that he exercised due diligence, etc.?

If a cargo owner can show that his loss was caused by a failure of the carrier to exercise due diligence to make the vessel seaworthy, the carrier will not be able to rely on any other clauses in the Hague-Visby Rules which reduce his liability (i. e. the exceptions from liability).

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

Where the carrier must exercise due diligence to make the ship seaworthy, what does “seaworthy” mean?