Where the goods are delivered to the consignee short of the destination prescribed by the contract, the shipowner is not usually entitled to be paid freight in proportion to the distance covered1. Such freight, usually known as 'pro rata freight', is only payable by virtue of a contract to that effect2. The question whether such a contract exists usually arises where the ship is unable to complete the voyage, and the goods are accordingly landed short of their destination.
No contract to pay pro rata freight is to be implied from the mere fact that the consignee has taken delivery
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