To trigger the charterer's duty to load, the ship must reach the port of loading specified in the charterparty or, if the charterparty so provides, 'so near thereto as she can safely get'1. The effect of the alternative provision is to excuse the shipowner from his duty to reach the port of loading if he is prevented by an obstruction involving an unreasonable delay which is not a normal incident of the voyage at the particular time in question2. Since, however, after loading, the ship has to leave the port with her cargo on board, the extent of the
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