218. Readiness to load.

To trigger the duty to provide a cargo, the shipowner must be ready to load; that is, in a position to place the whole of the chartered space1 at the charterer's disposal2. If, therefore, the ship has arrived at the port of loading with a cargo on board, the whole of that cargo must have been discharged before she can be said to be ready to load; it is not sufficient that part of the cargo has been discharged and that some of the holds are available for the receipt of the new cargo3. It is not, however, necessary,