277. Original contract unaffected by transhipment.

Where the shipowner lawfully tranships cargo to earn the freight, the original contract of carriage remains in force until cargo's final delivery at the port of discharge1. If the cargo is forwarded by a vessel owned by someone other than the shipowner, the onshipment contract is between the shipowner and that person2 and is no concern of the cargo owner3, whose only liability is to pay the freight to the shipowner with whom he originally contracted