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Terms of Service

MarineTraffic

By using the MarineTraffic.com website, our mobile applications, API, premium services, or other information provided as part of the MarineTraffic services (collectively "MarineTraffic" or the "Service"), you are entering into a legally binding agreement with Maltenoz Limited, Nicosia, Cyprus, based on the terms below, the MarineTraffic Privacy Policy and the MarineTraffic User Agreement (collectively referred to as the "Terms") and become a MarineTraffic user ("User").
If you do not agree to these Terms, you do not have the right to access or use our Service. If you do use our Service, your use shall be deemed to confirm your acceptance of the Terms and your agreement to be a party to this binding contract.

Introduction

The Website provides information about current geographical positions of ships as well as other related information, whenever available, such as ships’ details, their destination, estimated time of arrival, photographs, port traffic statistics, weather conditions, points of interest, etc.

Use of Services - Registration

Registered users of the Website are able to use certain extra Services and can access extra Data, according to their Plan specifications.

During registration you will be asked to provide your name, surname and e-mail address. In order to use SMS-alert Service, you also have to provide a valid mobile phone number, to which the notifications will be sent. Any information or mobile phone number provided during the process of registration is deemed to be of your own exclusive property or in your legitimate possession or use.

For the purposes of this contract, persons who subscribe to the Website and use the Services are considered as adults and able to act legally. Your registration is a valid declaration of intent. Any service provided to registered Users is ruled from the User Agreement of the website along with these present Terms of Service .

Protection of Confidential Information

Upon finishing the registration process you will receive a confirmation e-mail with your chosen data at the e-mail address you provided.

Each user is personally and solely responsible for all actions and transactions made through his account. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and you should ensure that you exit properly from your account at the end of each session.

In case you notice any unauthorized use of your account or any other (real or potential) breach of security, you have to immediately notify the Website’s administrators. MarineTraffic is under no circumstances liable for any loss or damages arising from your failure to comply with this term. MarineTraffic maintains the right to delete an account, if violation of any of these Terms is proved.

If you wish to deactivate your account please follow the instructions in the 'My Account' section.

Personal Data

MarineTraffic keeps a File of Personal Data of its registered users, which is handled as described in our Privacy Policy. The purposes of this collection and handling is also described in our Privacy Policy. By accepting these Terms of Use and Privacy Policy you also allow MarineTraffic to process your Personal Data.

Trademarks and Intellectual Property Rights

MarineTraffic, as a work of Intellectual Property is protected by European Law for the protection of Intellectual Property Rights.

The Provider and his partners maintain or legally possess the exclusive Intellectual Property Rights upon design, source code and the whole content of the Website (including pictures, graphics, photos, designs, texts, articles, scientific presentations and the services provided by the Website), except where explicitly stated otherwise (e.g. photographs uploaded by third parties). Violation by any means of these rights will draw the subsequent penalties and liability defined by the applicable law. Indicatively, and non-exclusively, copying, modifying, publishing, distributing by any means of the Website’s content without prior written permit of the Provider is prohibited. Furthermore copying, modifying, decompiling or by any means unauthorized use of the Website’s software is prohibited.

"MarineTraffic" trademark and all trademarks appearing on the Website are property of the Provider and/or third parties, companies/ respective owners and are protected by European trademark laws, as well as by international treaties and conventions. Use of these trademarks is by all means prohibited.

While using the Service, you may also upload your photographs on MarineTraffic. These pictures are presented freely to the public, as additional informational content of the Website. During upload you will be expressly asked to mention the copyright holder of each picture, if available, or the source of the photograph. In most cases you should only post your own photos. Do not post photos or images from any other source unless you have an explicit permission by the copyright holder. By posting photos, you declare that you are the owner of the photo or you have legally acquired the exclusive right to it. Website’s administrators will not be liable for the uploading of pictures without the permission of their creator. In the event that copyright holders require the images to be deleted from MarineTraffic system, such requests must be made in writing to MarineTraffic, by email message to info@marinetraffic.com. Upon receipt of such advice, the administrators of MarineTraffic will delete the images as soon as possible. It is strictly forbidden to copy any material from this site and use it elsewhere, unless the copyright holder gives its explicit permission.

MarineTraffic reserves the right to provide access to photos to third parties through the website. The third party does not acquire any right to the photographs and can only display them on-the-fly by using a web link of a photo stored on MarineTraffic.com. The name of the Photographer will remain visible at all times.

Participation in the Ship Data Collection and Transmission

Ιnstallation of a radio receiver and all relevant equipment, data collection and transmission to the server of MarineTraffic Services is offered by users voluntarily and without compensation. Users are free to participate in the network of receiving stations by installing an AIS receiver, collecting data and sending it to MarineTraffic. Users are free to stop sending this data whenever they wish.

The transmission of data to MarineTraffic must be done in real-time. The data must be sent to the server exactly as it is received by the AIS receiver at the predefined public radiofrequencies of the AIS system, without any intervention or modification. It is strictly forbidden to send any delayed or modified or manipulated or fabricated data, as this would give an erroneous and misleading picture about the current positions of ships.

Users who provide this information recognize and accept MarineTraffic’s right to process and use the data in any appropriate way, apart from presenting them on the Website, including but not limited to storage, statistical or other analysis, data exchange with other sources etc.

In some cases we may provide you with the necessary equipment, so that you install a radio receiver and send data to MarineTraffic (see Get an AIS receiver for free). In that case you will be asked to sign an agreement with certain additional conditions.

Users Obligations

In the event of breach of any of these Terms, MarineTraffic administrators maintain the right, according to their judgment, either to remove the illegal or offensive content or to immediately delete the account of the user who misuses the Services or to restrict the user’s access to some of the Website’s services.

Paid Services

Any service purchase from this website is ruled from the User Agreement of the website along with these present Terms of Service.

Advertisement

MarineTraffic.com is not responsible for communication between user and third service providers being advertised on the Website nor for any commercial transaction that may arise from this communication.

Exclusion of Liability

MarineTraffic does not guarantee the correctness, validity or scientific accuracy of the information contained on the Website, provided in any possible form, such as images, video, text, graphics etc. The information provided should under no circumstances be regarded as advise, suggestion or incitement for a certain act. Any actions undertaken by users based on the information provided on the Website do not create any liability of the Provider.

The provided information on vessels position and identity, in particular, originate directly from the vessels, which transmit this information through public radiofrequencies, according to the 'Automatic Identification System' (AIS). The information collected and published may contain errors, due to the intrinsic limitations of radio communications (e.g. limited coverage, interference, attenuation, special weather conditions etc), due to erroneous configuration of the AIS devices on board, due to negligent data entry by vessel’s crew, due to erroneous position received by the vessel’s GPS and due to other factors beyond the control of the Provider. Furthermore, vessel positions may be up to one hour old or incomplete. Data is provided for informational reasons only and is not related by any means to the safety of navigation.

Consequently, the Provider, the administrators of MarineTraffic Services and their partners cannot provide any type of guarantee neither are responsible for the correctness, validity, thoroughness and accuracy of that information published, nor for the suitability of their usage for purposes other than informational only.

Due to the nature and to the extent of information provided through the Internet, under any circumstances, negligence included, the Provider will not be held liable for any kind of damages you may suffer from the use or visit of the Website, services, choices and content of MarineTraffic. You visit the above content and services at your own initiative and risk.

Lack of Guarantee

The contents, services and software of MarineTraffic.com are provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis with no explicit, or presumed in any way, guarantees concerning the Website’s marketability, non infringement or suitability for a particular purpose.

MarineTraffic offers no guarantee that the pages, services, functions, choices and content of the Website will be provided without interruption or without errors or that mistakes will be corrected. MarineTraffic does not guarantee that the Website or the servers through which they become available to users do not contain viruses or other harmful components, although we make every effort to ensure it.

In no case will the Provider, the persons associated to him or the administrators of MarineTraffic Services be liable to you or any other person or entity for any indirect, incidental, special, punitive or consequential damages or loss of profit or revenue caused by the use of the Website.

Links

MarineTraffic may include links that lead to other websites, which are controlled by third parties. Under no circumstances will MarineTraffic.com be liable for their content, or for any financial or other type of loss or damage the user that follows those links sustains. In no case does MarineTraffic.com guarantee that these links will be temporarily or constantly active. Furthermore, the external links cited are indicative and not exclusive or restrictive. MarineTraffic.com reserves the right to remove or add links without any warning to any party and to change the contents of the Website at any time.

Your using of MarineTraffic.com signifies your understanding and acceptance of the fact that the Provider is in no case responsible for the content of the hyperlinks cited in the Website, for the products/services being offered there and for the advertisements they contain.

Applicable Law/ Competent Courts

The present Terms of Use, as well as any modification or alteration on them are subject to European Law. All the above-mentioned terms are considered as essential. Should any of the terms become against the law, it becomes inactive and is removed from the present text without affecting in any way the validity of the other terms.

If any dispute or difference arises out of or in connection with the Service of MarineTraffic.com, it shall be resolved by the courts of Nicosia Cyprus, which shall have exclusive jurisdiction.

If you disagree with the present Terms of Use you should not use the Website's Services.

Changes to the Terms

MarineTraffic reserves the right to update and change the Terms of Service from time to time without notice. Any new features that augment or enhance the current Service, including the release of new tools and resources, shall be subject to the Terms of Service. Continued use of the Service after any such changes shall constitute your consent to such changes.