196. Signing bills of lading.

A charterparty often provides for the use of a specified form of bill of lading1. It is usually provided that the bill of lading is to be signed2 with the qualification that the quality, condition and weight or quantity of the cargo shipped is unknown3. Sometimes the term is that the master is to give a clean bill of lading4, or that the master is to sign bills of lading as presented5.

The charterparty may provide that the bill of lading is to incorporate the terms and conditions of the charterparty6; and provision may be made for the number of