252. Contractual exemption from liability for bad stowage.

Sometimes the contract expressly provides that the shipowner is not to be responsible for negligent or improper stowage1, or an exception of negligence may be framed in terms sufficiently wide to cover it2; but the ordinary negligence clause excepting damage 'from any act or default of the pilot, master or mariners in the navigation or management of the ship' does not extend to other agents or employees, so that the shipowner remains responsible for the improper stowage of stevedores whom he employs