228. When cargo must be ready.

When the ship is an 'arrived ship', is ready to load and has given due notice of readiness, it is the voyage-charterer's duty to provide the stipulated cargo1 within the time specified in the charterparty or, if no time is specified, within a reasonable time2.

The charterparty contemplates that the charterer will have his cargo ready at the place of loading at the time when the ship is ready to receive it3; how he gets it there is no concern of the shipowner. If, therefore, the cargo is not ready, the charterer is, generally speaking, guilty of a breach of