256. Seaworthiness at commencement of voyage.

During the loading1 there is an implied undertaking of fitness to receive the cargo and to encounter the ordinary perils of the loading stage; that stage comes to an end immediately the loading is complete, and the ship must then be seaworthy for the next stage2. The obligations may however overlap: a ship may be unseaworthy before or at the time of sailing by reason of bad stowage on loading endangering her safety at sea