279. Transhipment as agent of necessity.

Although transhipment may be impracticable on the grounds of matters such as disproportionate expense1, nevertheless the shipowner may be entitled, as agent of necessity, to tranship cargo on their owner's behalf2. His duty as regards the preservation of the goods does not come to an end with the abandonment of the voyage, and it is still his duty to consider the interests of the owner of the goods3, for example by discharging the cargo and warehousing it pending instructions4.

It is possible, however, that if there is no opportunity to consult the owner5, the shipowner's duty may include immediate transhipment