273. Obligation to repair ship.

Even where the ship is damaged by an excepted peril, the shipowner is bound to fulfil the contract of carriage by every reasonable and practicable method1. Hence the ship cannot be regarded as having been rendered incapable of performing her voyage merely because she needs repairing2 and cannot continue her voyage until she is repaired3. It is important, therefore, to consider how far the shipowner is bound to repair the ship, since on this depends his liability to cargo4. He does not have to do this where the ship is so damaged that she cannot be repaired5, or where,