(A) In any situation, whether or not existing or anticipated before commencement of the transport, which in the judgment of the carrier (including but not limited to the Master and any person charged with the transport or safekeeping of the goods) has given or is likely to give rise to danger, injury, loss, or delay to the vessel, any person, the goods, or any property, or has made or is likely to make it unsafe, impracticable, unlawful, or against the interest of the carrier or the Merchant to commence the transport, to continue the transport, to discharge the goods at the port of discharge, or to deliver the goods at the place of delivery, the carrier shall be entitled:
(I) to dispose of the goods in such manner as the carrier may consider advisable, at the risk and expense of the Merchant, and (2) before the goods are loaded onto the vessel or other means of transport, to cancel the contract of carriage without compensation and to require the Merchant to take custody of the goods and, upon his failure to do so, to store the goods at a place selected by the carrier, at the risk and expense of the Merchant, and (3) if the goods are at a place awaiting transhipment, to terminate the transport there and to store the goods at a place selected by the carrier at the risk and expense of the Merchant, and (4) if the goods are on the vessel or other means of transport, to discharge the goods or any part of them at a port or place selected by the carrier, or to carry them back to the port of loading or place of receipt and there discharge them, at the risk and expense of the Merchant. After any action taken according to this subpart (A), the carrier shall be free from any responsibility for further custody or carriage of the goods.
(B) If after any action taken according to subpart (A) above the carrier makes arrangements to store, tranship, or forward the goods, it shall do so only as agent for and at the risk and expense of the Merchant, without any liability in respect of such agency. The Merchant shall reimburse the carrier forthwith upon demand for all extra freight, charges, and expenses incurred for any actions taken according to subpart (A), including delay or expense to the vessel, and the carrier shall have a lien upon the goods to that extent.
(C) The situations referred to in subpart (A) above shall include, but shall not be limited to, those caused by the existence or apprehension of war, hostilities, riots, civil commotions, or other disturbances; closure of, obstacle in, or danger to any port or seaway; blockage, prohibition, or restriction on commerce or trading; quarantine, sanitary, or other similar regulations or restrictions; strikes, lockouts, or other labour troubles, whether partial or general and whether or not involving employees of the carrier; congestion of port, sea terminal, or similar place; shortage, absence, or obstacles of labour or facilities for loading, discharge, delivery, or other handling of the goods; epidemics or diseases; bad weather, shallow water, ice, landslip, or other obstacles to navigation or carriage.
(D) The vessel shall have liberty to call at any port or place, whether in or out of the direct advertised, or customary route, once or more often and in any order, and to omit calling at any port or place, whether scheduled or not.
(E) The vessel shall have liberty, either with or without the goods on board and either before or after proceeding toward the port of discharge, to adjust compasses and other navigational instruments, make trial trips or tests, drydock whether laden or not, go to repair yards, shift berths, take on fuel or stores at any port, embark or disembark any person, carry explosives, munitions, and hazardous cargo, sail without pilots, tow or be towed and save or attempt to save life or property.
(F)The carrier, in addition to all other liberties provided for in Article 21, shall have liberty to comply with orders, directions, regulations, or suggestions as to navigation or the carriage or handling of the goods or the vessel, given by any actual or purported government or public authority, or by any committee or person having under the terms of any insurance on the vessel the right to give such order, direction, regulation, or suggestion.
(G) Actions the carrier takes under Article 21 shall be deemed to be included within the contractual carriage and such actions, or consequences resulting there from, shall not be considered a deviation. Should the carrier be held liable in respect of such action, the carrier shall be entitled to the full benefit of all limitations of liability, rights, and immunities contained in this Bill of Lading.