286. Shipowner's duty to reach port of discharge.

It is the shipowner's duty under a voyage charter to reach the port of discharge, whether specified in the contract or named afterwards, and to deliver the cargo there, unless he has some lawful excuse1. If he is unable to complete the voyage, his inability to do so may be excused by the terms of his contract2; but, as he has not fulfilled the condition on which freight becomes payable3, he is not entitled, as a general rule, to claim payment even of pro rata freight, even though he has delivered the cargo to the consignee