Frozen lobster in general stow
A linger agent Member in Taiwan booked a 20 foot reefer container of lobster from Keelung to Melbourne.
When the agent prepared the stowage plan for the port of Keelung the container of lobster was shown as part of the general stow. The container was therefore off power for the voyage, and on arrival at Melbourne the lobster was declared a total loss.
The receiver claimed US$74,000 from the line and the line claimed the same amount from its agent. Although it was initially felt that the line had failed to mitigate its loss and had paid too much, after consulting lawyers the Club paid the claim in full.