271. Keeping the ship seaworthy.

It is the shipowner's duty in the absence of contrary agreement to carry the goods to the port of discharge in the same ship1, although, in the execution of this duty, he must consider the interests of all persons concerned in the adventure2. He must therefore execute any repairs necessary to maintain her in a seaworthy state, provided he can do so without unreasonable delay or expense to the cargo interests3. Any breach of this duty makes him liable in damages unless he is excused by the terms of the contract4. This is equally true of unseaworthiness caused by