292. Readiness to discharge.

To be ready to discharge, the ship must not only have arrived; she must also have complied with all formalities necessary for discharge to begin1. The shipowner must, therefore, have reported the ship and crew, and dealt with any necessary port paperwork2. This rule does not, however, apply where the port authorities have already given permission to discharge; here the consignee must then be prepared to take delivery at once3.

In accordance with the same principle, the mere physical presence of the ship at her destination does not bind the consignee to take delivery of the cargo unless she has