519. Special agreements.

Notwithstanding the provisions of the Hague-Visby Rules1, a carrier2, master or agent of the carrier and a shipper, in regard to any particular goods3, are at liberty to enter into any agreement in any terms as to the responsibility and liability of the carrier4 for such goods, and as to the rights and immunities5 of the carrier in respect of such goods, or his obligation as to seaworthiness, so far as this stipulation6 is not contrary to public policy, or the care or diligence of his servants or agents in regard to the loading, handling, stowage, carriage, custody, care