The placing of goods in a ship in such a way as to ensure, first, the safety and stability of the ship not only on a sea or ocean passage but also in between ports when a part of the cargo has been loaded or discharged, as the case may be; secondly, the safety of the individual consignments which should not be damaged or contaminated by being in proximity to goods with which they are not compatible; thirdly, the ability to unload goods at their port of discharge without having to move goods destined for other ports. Stowage is determined by the ship’s cargo superintendent although responsibility rests with the master of the ship.