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TERMS OF USE


YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE ABS WEB SITE IS SUBJECT TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS BELOW ("TERMS") AND ALL APPLICABLE LAWS. BY VISITING THE ABS WEB SITE, YOU ACCEPT THESE TERMS, INCLUDING OUR PRIVACY POLICY WITHOUT LIMITATION OR QUALIFICATION. THE PRIVACY POLICY, WHICH YOU MUST READ, CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE USE OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA AND OTHER INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR PRIVACY. ACCORDINGLY, IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS OR OUR PRIVACY POLICY, YOU SHOULD NOT VISIT THIS WEB SITE.

ABOUT US

American Bureau of Shipping has operations in several countries and is headquartered at 16855 Northchase Drive, Houston, Texas 77060. If you have any questions, complaints or comments regarding this Web site, you may contact us at csc@eagle.org. When we say "we" or "us" or "ABS" in these Terms, we mean American Bureau of Shipping, our affiliates, and those agents we use to provide services on our behalf.

AUTHORIZED USE

You may use the ABS Web site for your personal, informational, communication and educational use, but you may not use the Web site for any purpose other than your relationship with ABS. You also may not use any robots, spiders, or other automatic devices to monitor or copy content on the ABS Web site or otherwise attempt to interfere with the intended and efficient functioning of our Web site. You may not modify or tamper with any information contained on our Web site without the written permission of ABS. You agree that you will not use the ABS Web site in any way that may lead to the encouragement, procurement or carrying out of any criminal activity.

RULES AND GUIDES DOWNLOADS

Current ABS approved printed versions of all ABS Rules and Guides are available from ABS. Current ABS approved electronic versions of all Rules and Guides are most effectively accessed by establishing a hyperlink of your local Intranet directly to the ABS Rules and Guides on the ABS Web site.

The ABS Rules and Guides are proprietary to ABS and are the subject of intellectual property rights reserved by ABS. Except for the permission granted below, nothing contained herein shall be construed as conferring upon you in any manner any license, title or ownership of or in any intellectual property right of ABS.

ABS hereby grants you permission to download, copy and use, including posting to your Intranet site, the ABS Rules and Guides posted on this Web site in electronic format. You hereby agree that any copy of the materials, in part or in whole, that you make shall retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained therein and that the information will not be altered in any manner.

ABS makes every reasonable effort to ensure that the information provided in the posted electronic files represents complete, current and accurate information. However, ABS makes no representation as to the completeness, currency or accuracy of such information.

HYPERLINKS TO THE ABS WEB SITE

ABS encourages the use of hyperlinks to its Web site upon agreement to all of the Terms herein.

INDEMNITY

You agree to indemnify and hold ABS, and its officers, employees, representatives, contractors and agents ("Indemnified Parties") harmless from any liability, loss, claim and expense, including attorneys' fees and expenses, related to your violation of these Terms or your use of our Web site.

DISCLAIMER AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

While ABS uses reasonable efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information on this Web site, ABS makes no warranties or representations as to its accuracy, currency or completeness. ABS assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the content on this Web site. To the extent permitted by applicable law, everything on the Web site is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement. To the extent permitted by applicable law, in no event will Indemnified Parties be liable for any damages whatsoever, including special, indirect, consequential or incidental damages or damages for loss of profits, revenue, use, or data, whether brought in contract or tort, arising out of or connected with the Web site or the use or reliance upon any of the content or any information accessed from the Web site.

LEGAL

This Web site may contain other proprietary notices and copyright information, the terms of which must be observed and followed. Information on this Web site may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Information may be changed or updated without notice. ABS may also make improvements and changes in the products and the programs described in this information at any time without notice.

These commodities, technology or software may only be exported from the United States in accordance with the Export Administration Regulations (15 CFR 730-774). Diversion contrary to U.S. law is prohibited.

TRADEMARKS

ABS, ABS SafeShip, ABS SafeHull, and ABS SafeNet are registered trademarks of the American Bureau of Shipping. ABS reserves the right to prohibit the use of logos which are unacceptable to ABS in close proximity or association with the ABS logo.

GOVERNING LAW

By accessing this Web site and the information contained therein, you agree with ABS that any claim you may have against ABS in contract, tort or otherwise in respect of any information or advice expressly or impliedly given on this Web site, or in respect of any inaccuracy herein or omission herefrom, shall be governed by the law of the State of New York, U.S.A., without regard to its conflicts of laws rules.

SEVERABILITY

In the event that any provision contained in these Terms will be held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect by a court of competent jurisdiction, the validity, legality and enforceability of such provision in every other respect and the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions contained in these Terms will not be in any way impaired thereby.

REVISION TO TERMS AND WEBSITE.

ABS may change or update the information posted on the ABS Web site, and the products and designs describer on the ABS Web site, at any time without notice. We reserve the right to change these Terms periodically, without providing individual notice, by updating these Terms. All such changes will take effect once they have been posted on the Web site. You agree that it is your responsibility to monitor such updates and that your continued use of the Web site after such revisions have been made will constitute your full acceptance of such revised terms and conditions. These Terms were last updated on the date listed at the beginning of these Terms.