497. Operations to which the Hague-Visby Rules apply.

The expression 'carriage of goods' covers the period from the time when the goods1 are loaded on2 to the time when they are discharged from the ship3. The words 'when the goods are loaded on' do not refer to a precise moment of time but merely define the first in the series of operations which constitute the carriage of the goods by sea and the words 'when they are discharged' denote the last in that series of operations4. 'Carriage' will also usually cover operations such as stowage5 and lashing carried out after the goods have been loaded but before