201. Meaning of 'safe port'.

A port is not a 'safe port' unless it is a port which in the relevant period of time, the particular ship can reach, use and return from without, in the absence of some abnormal occurrence, being exposed to danger which cannot be avoided by good navigation and seamanship1. Thus the vessel must be able to enter the port as a laden ship2 without undue delay or danger3, discharge there always afloat4, and return safely from it5.

It is necessary, therefore, to consider the physical features of the port named6, and to take into account the size and draught of