244. Risk during process of delivery to shipowner.

Until delivery to the shipowner goods remain at the shipper's risk1. Thus the duty of the charterer to provide a cargo in accordance with the contract is not wholly discharged until he has actually delivered to the ship the whole of the cargo contracted for2. It is immaterial that he has fulfilled the conditions precedent to the loading and has his cargo in readiness3. If, therefore, the actual operation of loading is delayed, interrupted or prevented4, the charterer is, unless he has some lawful excuse