56. Carriage of passengers and their luggage by sea.

The liability of carriers in the carriage by sea of passengers and luggage is governed by the Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea 19741, commonly known as the Athens Convention, as amended by the Protocol of 20022.

The common law liability of carriers by sea as regards the carriage of passengers is now of very little importance. Where it does apply, however, it is limited to the use of due care, skill and foresight to carry the passengers safely3; there is no absolute warranty of seaworthiness, but the shipowner is liable for unseaworthiness or