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The MIRG forum is brought to you by the International Maritime Rescue Federation and is open to anyone who is involved or has an interest in Maritime Incident Response Groups at (the "Forum"). The Forum is provided free of charge and may be viewed by the general public. Only registered users may post messages on the Forum (see registration for further details) The purpose of the Forum is to provide a place for people to come together to share experiences and knowledge.

These Forum Terms have been written to help protect users. In using the Forum you agree to be bound by the Forum Terms and the Forum House Rules, as well as the Terms and Conditions of Use which relate to our website, Please tick the box on the register form if you accept them. Please understand that if you refuse to accept these Forum Terms, you will not be able to post messages or participate on the Forum.

Please be aware that the Forum is a public message board which can be viewed by the general public. Any personal information that you disclose on the Forum will be available for the general public to read – it is strongly recommended that you do not post personal details or sensitive personal data on the Forum.


1. Definitions

1.1 The following definitions shall apply to these Forum Terms:

1.1.1 "Cookies" means small text files websites can use to recognise repeat users and facilitate users' ongoing access to and preferences within a website;

1.1.2 "Denial of Service Attack" means any attempt by any means to make the Forum unavailable to users;

1.1.3 "Flame War" means to turn a discussion into a heated and vigorous exchange of personal attacks or crude name-calling; and

1.1.4 "Trolling" means to deliberately post false or controversial messages solely to annoy or offend or gain attention.


2. Disclaimer

2.1 We do not vet and are not responsible for any of the information which is posted on the Forum. We are not the author or publisher of any such information.

2.2 Any opinions expressed are the opinions of the users of the Forum, and do not represent any advice or opinions of the International Maritime Rescue Federation or any qualified medical professional. Any recommendation or other information within the Forum is followed by you at your own risk and we do not warrant the accuracy of the information posted on it in any respect. The International Maritime Rescue Federation is not responsible for and gives no endorsement of such material.

2.3 The International Maritime Rescue Federation reserves the right to remove any message at its sole discretion for any reason whatsoever. This reservation of right to delete messages does not mean that International Maritime Rescue Federation assumes any responsibility for the information contained on the Forum nor for content in messages exchanged between users through private messaging. No failure to remove particular material constitutes an endorsement or acceptance of it by us.


3. Terms of Use

3.1 By registering for the Forum and posting messages, you warrant that:

3.1.1 You are aged over 18 or if you are aged under 18 you will be using the Forum under the consent and supervision of an adult;

3.1.2 You acknowledge the Forum uses cookies to assist the functionality of the website only - personal data is not collected through cookies; and

3.1.3 You acknowledge the International Maritime Rescue Federation is entitled to contact you for administration purposes

3.2 You may use the Forum only to post comments, messages and material that are proper and appropriate to it and without limiting the generality of the foregoing you shall not do any of the following:

3.2.1 post messages, send private messages (which are not moderated by us but must still comply with these Forum Terms) or post links to other sites that:

(a) may be considered likely to provoke, offend, threaten, defame, stalk or harass others;

(b) contain libellous, abusive, racist, sexist, homophobic, ageist, sexually explicit, obscene or otherwise vulgar or in bad taste material;

(c) bully another user by deliberate, repeated and hostile behaviour intended to undermine, humiliate or belittle;

(d) advertise or offer to sell products or services for profit or solicit other users for commercial purposes;

(e) conduct or forward surveys or contests;

(f) solicit other users for fundraising purposes for any organisation other than for the International Maritime Rescue Federation;

(g) ask for volunteers for professional research studies without the prior written consent of the International Maritime Rescue Federation;

(h) impersonate any person or entity or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy or intellectual property rights where applicable) of others; or

(i) break the law or encourage unlawful activity

3.2.2 post on the Forum, or send through the private messaging service, spam, junk mail, chain letters, money making or pyramid schemes;

3.2.3 carry out a Denial of Service Attack;

3.2.4 start a Flame War or deliberately post false or controversial messages solely to annoy or offend or gain attention (otherwise known as Trolling);

3.2.5 use multiple accounts simultaneously or impersonate another person or allow other people to post on the Forum using your account;

3.2.6 post images on the Forum or post links to images;

3.2.7 upload files or post anything containing malicious code, viruses, corrupted files or other similar harmful programs or material that may damage the operation of the International Maritime Rescue Federation's or any other party's computer;

3.2.8 upload files or post anything that contains software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of confidentiality or privacy of publicity, where applicable) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents;

3.2.9 upload files or post anything which contains an active hypertext link to another website;

3.2.10 post a comment on a current court case (as to do so may be in contempt of court);

3.2.11 post any material which is copied to which you do not own the copyright;

3.2.12 delete any author attributions, legal notices or proprietary designations or labels in any file that is uploaded;

3.2.13 falsify the origin or source of any content or other material (including software contained in a file that is uploaded);

3.2.14 post in any language other than that which the Forum is being moderated in; or

3.3 You acknowledge that this Forum is not a place for crisis support. People seeking support in a crisis should contact emergency services. Posts explicitly discussing self-harm or suicide will be removed as soon as they come to the attention of the International Maritime Rescue Federation.


4. Moderation

4.1 Apart from new members’ posts (which are sent for moderation until a certain level of community involvement has been established), we moderate after material has been posted and then decide whether it is suitable to remain.

4.2 The moderators actively monitor the Forum but we cannot be online 24 hours a day and users may post inappropriate material.

4.3 If you discover any content on the Forum which you consider breaches any of these Forum Terms, or is otherwise unacceptable, you should notify the International Maritime Rescue Federation immediately by using the reporting feature (this is the triangle shaped icon with an exclamation mark in it, found at the top of every post). Please realise that we may not be able to remove or edit messages immediately.

4.4 You acknowledge that the International Maritime Rescue Federation does not pre-screen content of users once they have passed their probationary period, but moderators have the right to delete or edit any post or thread that breaks any of these Forum Terms.

4.5 The International Maritime Rescue Federation will decide whether to warn or ban the user who breached the Forum Terms. Users who break these Forum Terms after receiving a warning may be permanently banned.

4.6 The International Maritime Rescue Federation shall be entitled at any time to delete, remove or suspend the whole or any part of the Forum or any information posted in it without notice and without incurring any liability.

4.7 You acknowledge that the International Maritime Rescue Federation has the right to delete an account without prior notice or reason and that the International Maritime Rescue Federation’s decision to remove or ban an individual from using the Forum is final. The International Maritime Rescue Federation is not obliged to enter into any correspondence regarding the moderation of content on the Forum.


5. Your Information

You acknowledge, consent and agree that the International Maritime Rescue Federation may access, preserve, and disclose your account information and any content posted by you in order to: (a) comply with any legal process; (b) enforce these Forum Terms; (c) respond to claims that any content posted on the Forum violates the rights of third parties; (d) respond to your requests for customer service; or (e) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of the International Maritime Rescue Federation, other users of this website and the public.


6. Our liability

6.1 To the extent permitted by law, we, and third parties connected to us (including, without limitation, administrators and moderators) hereby expressly exclude:

6.1.1 Any liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage incurred by any user in connection with our Forum or in connection with the use, inability to use, or results of the use of our Forum, and any materials posted on it, including, without limitation any liability for:

(a) loss of income or revenue;

(b) loss of business;

(c) loss of profits or contracts;

(d) loss of data;

(e) loss of goodwill or injury to reputation;

(f) wasted management or office time; and

for any other loss or damage of any kind, however arising and whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract or otherwise, even if foreseeable.

6.2 This does not affect our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, nor our fraudulent misrepresentation or misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.


7. Variation

The Forum Terms are subject to change at any time. The International Maritime Rescue Federation will aim to make users aware of any significant changes. You should check the Forum Terms periodically to ensure that you are aware of and complying with the current version. Use of the site following changes shall indicate your acceptance of the new Forum Terms.


8. Severability

If any of these Forum Terms are determined by any competent authority to be invalid, unlawful or unenforceable to any extent, such term, condition or provision will to that extent be severed from the remaining terms, conditions and provisions which will continue to be valid to the fullest extent permitted by law.


9. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These Forum Terms shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of Scotland and you and the International Maritime Rescue Federation agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Scotish courts for the determination of disputes.

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