Member Agreement

This Member Agreement is effective January 1, 2023. 

If you live in the European Economic Area or the United Kingdom, your use of our Services is governed by the EEA+ Member Agreement, otherwise your use is governed by this Member Agreement.

If you use our Business Services, click here for additional Business Services Terms governing your use of the Business Services.

If you have an Public Services Page, click here for the Public Services Terms of Service governing your use of Public Services Pages.

IMPORTANT: U.S. MEMBERS AND VISITORS, PLEASE REVIEW THE ARBITRATION AGREEMENT SET FORTH IN SECTION 16(a) BELOW CAREFULLY, AS IT WILL REQUIRE YOU TO RESOLVE DISPUTES WITH SHIP2MATES ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS THROUGH FINAL AND BINDING ARBITRATION.

    1. OUR SERVICES.

Welcome to Ship2Mates ! Where Boaters connect to their Community that matter to them most. We believe by bringing Boaters together, we can deliver a world where everyone has a Community they can rely on. This Member Agreement (the “Terms”) governs your rights and responsibilities related to Ship2Mates’s services including all of Ship2Mates’s websites, domains, apps, products, services, features and marketing campaigns (the “Services”) if you have your ordinary place of residence or establishment in the United States, Canada, or Australia. These Terms do not apply to Public Services or Non-Member customers, and the Services do not include Public Services Pages or our non-Member advertising services. When you register to use our Services, you become a “Member.” If you have chosen not to register for our Services, you may still be able to access certain aspects of or made available by our Services as a “Visitor.” By accessing or using our Services, whether as a Member or Visitor, you acknowledge and agree that you have read, understand, and agree to be bound by these Terms as a legally binding contract with Ship2Mates (even if you are using the Services on behalf of a company), so please take a moment to read these legally binding Terms.

If you are accepting these Terms and using the Services on behalf of a company, partnership, organization, or other legal entity, you represent and warrant that you are authorized to do so and that you have the authority to bind such entity to these Terms, in which case the words “you” and “your” as used in these Terms shall refer to such entity. The collection, use, and sharing of your personal information is described in our Privacy Policy and our Advertising and Cookie Policy. Your use of certain Services, including Business Services (as defined in our Business Services Terms) and Hire-a-Pro (as defined in our Hire-a-Pet Pro Terms), may be subject to additional terms, policies, and guidelines (“Supplemental Terms”) and such Supplemental Terms will either be listed in these Terms or will be presented to you on the Services. If these Terms are inconsistent with the Supplemental Terms, the Supplemental Terms shall control with respect to such Service.

Throughout these Terms, we use “Ship2Mates”, “we”, “us” and “our” to refer to the companies offering our Services to you. The Services are operated and provided to you by Ship2Mates, LLC., 8 The Green, Suite 4000., Dover, DE 19901. I

    1. JOINING THE BOATING COMMUNITY.
    2. Eligibility. You may use our Services only if you can legally form a binding contract with Ship2Mates, and only in compliance with these Terms and all applicable laws. You can’t use the Services if (1) you are a child and you would need parental or guardian consent to fully use the Services (e.g., as is the case if you are under 13 pursuant to COPPA); (2) you are a registered sex offender in any jurisdiction or are otherwise subject to applicable law, order or legal action barring you from using or accessing an online service that permits use by minor children; (3) we previously disabled your Account for violations of these Terms or other of our Supplemental Terms or policies; (4) our Services are not directed to your geographic territory; or (5) you are otherwise prohibited by applicable laws from accessing or receiving our Services. We reserve the right to refuse registration or membership for, access to, or use of our Services by any person or household at any time and for any reason.
    3. Becoming a Member. When you register to become a Member, you must provide us with accurate and complete information. We reserve the right to reject and terminate any registrations submitted with false or inaccurate registration information, or otherwise submitted in violation of these Terms.
    4. Account Types and Access. Members may create, operate, maintain, or otherwise use an account on the Services (“Account(s)”) for personal and/or business use. If you use our Business Services, which include but are not limited to creating or claiming a page that advertises or contains other information about your business (a “Business Page”), then you agree to our Business Services Terms, which are incorporated into these Terms. Click hereto read more about Business Services. Each individual is limited to one Account per residence and each business is limited to one Account per business location. You are responsible for maintaining the security of your Account login information and you must keep such login information confidential. You are responsible for all activity that takes place under your Account. You should notify us immediately if you suspect or become aware of any unauthorized use of or access to your Account.
    5. Permitted Activities. You may use, access, search, interact with, or otherwise make use of our Services only for the purposes for which they are provided and by the means we make available (such as our website, apps, and APIs), and in each case subject to any Supplemental Terms we provide governing their permitted uses.
    6. OUR LICENSE GRANT TO YOU. Subject to your complete and ongoing compliance with these Terms and all applicable guidelines and policies, Ship2Mates hereby grants you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, and freely revocable license to access and use the Services as provided herein. The foregoing license grant is not a sale of the Services or any portion thereof, and Ship2Mates retains all of our right, title, and interest in the Services and all copies thereof.
    7. RIGHTS YOU GRANT.
    8. Generally. Some areas of the Services allow Members to post, publish, submit, upload, transmit, or otherwise make available on the Services content such as profile pictures or information, photos, images, music, videos, information, comments, likes, recommendations, questions, messages, and other content or information (“Content”) (any such Content that a Member does make available or submit is referred to as “Member Content”). You retain ownership of your Member Content.
    9. License Grant to Ship2Mates. You hereby grant to Ship2Mates a non-exclusive, transferable, fully sublicensable (through multiple-tiers), royalty-free, and worldwide license, to host, use, distribute, modify, copy, publish, list information regarding, edit, translate, distribute, syndicate, publicly perform, publicly display, and make derivative works of your Member Content. We will exercise our rights in the foregoing license subject to your Account settings, the selections you make when posting your Member Content, and as otherwise described in our Privacy Policy. You represent and warrant that you are the creator and owner of your Member Content, or that you have the necessary licenses, rights, consents and permissions to authorize Ship2Mates to exercise the licenses granted by you in this section in the manner contemplated by these Terms.
    10. License Grant to Downstream Users. You also hereby grant each user of the Services a non-exclusive license to access your Member Content through the Services and to use, reproduce, distribute, display, and perform such Member Content as permitted through the functionality of the Services and under these Terms.
    11. Use of Your Member Content with Sponsored Content. You give us permission to use your name, Community, profile picture, and information about your interactions with the Services next to or in connection with ads, offers, and in connection with our efforts to promote sponsored Content we display on the Services, with no additional compensation to you. We may also post and repost information about your interactions with the Services, along with your name and profile picture, in different areas of the Services from time to time, including any of your Member Content (such as recommendations) for a business in connection with that business’s other ads and Business Pages on the Services. When doing so, we will use your personal information in accordance with data protection laws and our Privacy Policy.
    12. Feedback. We welcome you to share any feedback, suggestions, or ideas you have about Ship2Mates and our Services with us (“Feedback”); You agree that in sharing your Feedback, you hereby grant Ship2Mates an unrestricted, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, sublicensable, transferable, fully-paid, royalty-free right to use the Feedback as we see fit and in connection with any of our products and services now known or hereinafter developed.
    13. Sharing Content. We invite you to share Content from Ship2Mates through our sharing features, including the Share button. Copying, sharing, or redistributing Content by any other means, including through web scraping, is prohibited.
    14. Software. Using Ship2Mates may include downloading software to your computer, phone, tablet, or other device. We may require you to accept updates to our Services that you have installed on your computer or mobile device in order to continue using the Services. You acknowledge and agree that we may automatically update that software, and the then-current version of these Terms will apply to any updates.
    15. BEING A GOOD BOATING NEIGHBOR.
    16. Community Guidelines. At Ship2Mates, we believe that neighborly behavior is the foundation of healthy communities. These Terms include by reference our Community Guidelineson appropriate use of Ship2Mates All of our Community Guidelinesapply to Content submitted on Ship2Mates, including submissions in Groups and Private Messages. We may limit the distribution of or remove Content that we determine violates the Community Guidelines. We reserve the right to proactively moderate Content, although we expressly disclaim any obligation to do so, and we can remove Content, suspend, delete, or deactivate your Account, limit Account privileges, or otherwise refuse service to you, if you violate our Community Guidelines, these Terms, or our other policies, or if you infringe intellectual property, or otherwise engage in behavior that we think may harm Ship2Mates, a Ship2Mates Community, or any of our Members.
    17. Prohibited Conduct. Without limiting other restrictions contained in these Terms, you agree that you will not, under any circumstances (i) gain or attempt to gain unauthorized access to any part of the Services, including the Accounts of other Members (such through the use of bots or other automations as well as the unauthorized use of legitimate Member credentials); (ii) interfere with, disrupt, or damage our Services or attempt to do the same (such as by posting viruses, instigating a denial of service attack, or spamming Members); (iii) attempt to gain access to or tamper with non-public areas of the Services, our computer systems, and any technical delivery systems of our providers; (iv) attempt to prove, scan, or test the vulnerability of our systems, networks, or Services, or breach any security or authentication measure; (v) conduct facial recognition or other biometric analysis of the Content (as defined below) posted on Ship2Mates; (vi) develop, support or use software, devices, scripts, robots or any other means or processes (including crawlers, browser plugins, and add-ons or any other technology) to scrape the Services or otherwise copy profiles and other data from the Services; (vii) licensing, selling, transfering, assigning, distributing, hosting, or otherwise commercially exploiting the Services or Content; (viii) modifying, preparing derivative works of, disassembling, decompiling, reverse engineering or circumventing any security or authentication measures of any part of the Services or Content; (ix) accessing the Services or Content in order to build a similar or competitive website, product, or service, or (x) otherwise access or use the Services in an unlawful or unanticipated manner. For clarity, any attempt to engage in any of the behaviors listed in this section is also prohibited.
    18. Disputes Between Members; Waiver of Claims Against Ship2Mates. In the real world and online,  sometimes disagree. If you have a dispute with another Member, we hope that you will be able to work it out amicably. However, if you can’t, please understand that Ship2Mates is not responsible for the actions of our Members. Each of our Members is solely responsible for their own actions and behavior, whether they are using Ship2Mates or chatting with a neighbor from their dock. Accordingly, you agree that Ship2Mates has no responsibility for the conduct of Members or other third parties and, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, you hereby release the Ship2Mates Entities (defined below) from losses, liabilities, claims, demands, and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, arising out of or in any way connected with disputes involving you and other Members. If you are a California resident, you hereby waive California Civil Code §1542, which says: “A general release does not extend to claims that the creditor or releasing party does not know or suspect to exist in his or her favor at the time of executing the release, and that, if known by him or her, would have materially affected his or her settlement with the debtor or releasing party.
    19. Community Moderation. Some Members are provided with additional account features to use to support their community, including moderation tools. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS TAKEN BY THESE MEMBERS WHILE USING THESE ACCOUNT FEATURES. We reserve the right to overturn any action taken by these Members if we, in our sole discretion, believe that such action is not in the interest of Ship2Mates. We reserve the right to revoke or limit a Member’s registration and access to these tools at any time, with or without notice, for any reason or no reason, including for a breach of these Terms or any relevant policies or guidelines. To learn more about moderation, click here. If you are given access to these additional account features, including moderation tools, then:
    • You agree that you are taking all actions related to community moderation on a volunteer basis and are not an employee or contractor of Ship2Mates;
    • You may not represent that you are authorized to act on behalf of Ship2Mates;
    • You may not enter into any agreement with a third party on behalf of Ship2Mates;
    • You may not perform moderation actions in return for any form of compensation, consideration, gift, or favor from third parties; and
    • If you have access to any non-public information through these account features, then you will use such information only in connection with your role as a volunteer.
    1. MEMBER TRANSACTIONS.
    2. Products and Services Offered by Members. You, and not Ship2Mates, are responsible for your own decisions and actions on the Services. Ship2Mates does not own or sell any of the products or services listed by Members on the Services (such as in “For Sale & Free” and “Hire-a-Professional”), so any actual contract formed is between the Member making an offer and the Member seeking to purchase or otherwise acquire those goods or services. 
    3. Engaging Other Members. Ship2Mates does not interview, run background checks on, monitor, supervise, direct or control Members. In addition, the use of Ship2Mates to find a service, via search, Business Pages, Hire-a-Professional, or any similar feature, does not make us an employer, placement agency, representative, or agent of or for you or any other Member or service provider, and you acknowledge and agree that no such relationship is intended or created by these Terms or your use of the Services. If you and another Member decide to work together, the two of you, and not Ship2Mates, are solely responsible for complying with any applicable laws, such as tax and employment laws. Members are not independent contractors, employees, joint venturers, franchisees, or service providers to or for Ship2Mates.
    4. Prohibited Transactions. Except through Ship2Mates’s Services and in accordance with Ship2Mates’s Guidelines, you may not use the Services to solicit, advertise for, or contact in any form, Members for any employment or other commercial purpose. You may not use the Services to collect the contact information or other personal information of Members, by electronic means or otherwise, without the Member’s explicit consent or our prior written consent.
    5. Ship2Mates Only Provides a Venue. Ship2Mates is not a party to interactions, transactions or disputes between Members, and while we may, in our discretion, help facilitate the resolution of disputes we have no control over and do not guarantee (i) the existence, quality, safety, or legality of any goods or services listed by Members on the Services; (ii) the truth or accuracy of Member Content or listings; (iii) the ability of Members to sell or pay for goods or services; (iv) that Members who choose to contract with one another will actually complete the transaction, or (v) the integrity, responsibility, or actions of any Members. Ship2Mates reserves the right to remove any Member’s listing on the Services for any reason or no reason, at any time, with or without notice. When interacting with other Members you should exercise caution and common sense to protect your personal safety and property, just as you would when interacting with other persons whom you don’t know. NEITHER SHIP2MATES NOR OUR AFFILIATES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONDUCT, WHETHER ONLINE OR OFFLINE, OF ANY USER OF THE SERVICES. SHIP2MATES AND OUR AFFILIATES WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, INJURY OR DAMAGE ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES.
    6. NOTIFICATION PREFERENCES.
    7. Notifications. By default, you will receive notifications from Ship2Mates related to your use of and interactions with the Services within the Services, to the email address to which your Account is linked, and on your device or browser. You may also opt in to other kinds of notifications. You can change your preferences about receiving messages from Ship2Mates and customize your default notifications in your preference settings here. You can use these preference settings to unsubscribe to specific notification types by email or text message. 
    8. Invitations. You can use our Services to send individuals who are not Members invitations, such as by post mail, email, or text message, to register for the Services (“Invitations”). You acknowledge that these Invitations, which we may help to facilitate through our Services, are sent by you and not by Ship2Mates, and Invitations sent by post mail are sent by Ship2Mates on your behalf. Such Invitations may identify you as the person inviting the user and may include details about your Community. For example, you may invite your  to Ship2Mates by requesting to have us send to them an Invitation, which may include your name and the fact that you are a resident of the Community. You acknowledge that certain third-party fees, such as those from your mobile carrier or Internet service provider, may apply to the use and operation of your device in connection with your sending an Invitation and that you are solely responsible for any such third-party fees.
    9. Text Messages. Ship2Mates provides a text message service that provides Members with notifications relevant to their Community, Account, or other Services, such as urgent alerts. By giving Ship2Mates your phone number, you are consenting to receiving such text notifications, even if your mobile phone number is registered on any state or federal Do Not Call list, or international equivalent. You may update your preferences at any time, and you must do so if you change your phone number to prevent Ship2Mates from sending messages intended for you to someone else. Ship2Mates does not charge for our text notifications, but your carrier may charge you for such messages. Text notifications may not be delivered if your phone is not in range of a transmission site, or if sufficient network capacity is not available at a particular time. Further, factors beyond the control of the user’s wireless carrier or wireless internet provider may interfere with message delivery, including equipment, terrain, proximity to buildings, foliage, and weather. You acknowledge that notifications may not be timely received and that neither Ship2Mates nor your wireless carrier guarantees that text notifications will be delivered. These notifications are not intended to replace any primary phone service, such as a traditional landline or mobile phone that may be used to contact emergency services. You acknowledge and agree that Ship2Mates is not liable, and you shall not seek to hold Ship2Mates liable, for any damages related to your use of the text notification service. If you use certain additional Services, you may receive additional notifications covered by our SMS Terms of Services. Such additional Services and notifications are optional. 
    10. PROMOTIONS.

Any sweepstakes, contests, raffles, games or similar (collectively, “Promotions”) made available through and as part of the Services may have additional terms and conditions. If you participate in any Promotions, please carefully review any Promotion-specific rules as well as our Privacy Policy. If and to the extent those rules conflict with these Terms or the Privacy Policy, the applicable Promotion rules will govern.

    1. THIRD-PARTY SITES AND SERVICES.

Our Services may contain links to third-party websites, advertisers, services, special offers, or other events or activities that are not owned or controlled by Ship2Mates. We don’t endorse or assume any responsibility for any such third-party websites, information, materials, products, or services. If you access any third-party website, advertisement, service, or other Content from Ship2Mates, you do so at your own risk. Ship2Mates may not warn you that you are leaving the Services and are subject to the terms and conditions of another website or domain, which is not under the control of Ship2Mates. You agree that Ship2Mates has no liability arising from your use of or access to any third-party website, service, or Content.

    1. CHANGES TO OUR SERVICE.

We may offer additional Services and product features, or add, change, or discontinue our existing Services and product features at any time and in any region, with or without notice to you. If you are dissatisfied, your sole remedy is to stop using our Services or the affected feature.

    1. RESTRICTIONS FROM OUR LICENSORS.

Some of the information and Services available through Ship2Mates are licensed from or supported by third parties. These third-party terms and disclosures apply to your use of the Services.

    1. INDEMNIFICATION.

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold Ship2Mates and our affiliates, related companies, officers, directors, employees, agents, representatives, partners, and licensors (the “Ship2Mates Entities”) harmless from any claims, liabilities, damages, losses, and expenses, including without limitation reasonable attorney’s fees and costs, made by any third party due to or arising out of any and all of the following (a) your use of the Services; (b) your violation of these Terms; (c) your violation of applicable laws or regulations; (d) your violation of any rights of another party, including any Members; (e) your interactions and transactions with other Members; or (f) your Member Content. We reserve the right to control the defense of any matter for which you are required to indemnify us, and you agree to cooperate with our defense of these claims and to not settle any claim without our prior written consent. You agree that the provisions of this section will survive any termination of your Account(s), the Terms, and/or your access to the Services.

    1. DISCLAIMERS; LIMITATION OF LIABILITY.
    2. Disclaimers; No Warranties. You understand and agree that to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law your access to and use of the Services or any Content are at your own risk. Our Services are provided to you on an “AS IS” and “AS AVAILABLE” basis, with all faults. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING AND TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, THE SHIP2MATES ENTITIES EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS, AND CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. The Ship2Mates Entities make no warranty or representation and disclaim all responsibility and liability for (i) the completeness, accuracy, availability, timeliness, security, or reliability of the Services; (ii) any harm to computer systems, loss of data, or other harm that results from access to or use of the Services; (iii) the deletion of, or the failure to store or to transmit, any Content and other communications maintained by the Services; (iv) viruses or other harmful components distributed by the Services; and (v) whether the Services will meet requirements or be available on an uninterrupted, secure, or error-free basis. We can’t guarantee continuous or secure access to the Services, and operation of the Services may be interfered with by numerous factors outside of our control. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained from the Ship2Mates Entities or through the Services will create any warranty not expressly made herein.
    3. Liability Limits. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, THE SHIP2MATES ENTITIES SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, OR ANY LOSS OF PROFITS OR REVENUES, WHETHER INCURRED DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, OR ANY LOSS OF DATA, USE, GOODWILL, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES, RESULTING FROM (I) YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF OR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICES; (II) ANY CONDUCT OR CONTENT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SERVICES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY DEFAMATORY, OFFENSIVE OR ILLEGAL CONDUCT OF OTHER MEMBERS OR THIRD PARTIES; (III) ANY CONTENT OBTAINED FROM THE SERVICES; OR (IV) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS, USE, OR ALTERATION OF YOUR ACCOUNT, TRANSMISSIONS OR CONTENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY OF MYEPTSWELCOME ENTITIES EXCEED THE GREATER OF (A) THE TOTAL AMOUNT PAID OR PAYABLE TO SHIP2MATES  BY YOU FOR THE SERVICES DURING THE SIX-MONTH PERIOD PRIOR TO THE ACT, OMISSION, OR OCCURRENCE GIVING RISE TO SUCH LIABILITY; OR (B) ONE HUNDRED U.S. DOLLARS ($100). THE LIMITATIONS OF THIS SUBSECTION SHALL APPLY TO ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, STATUTE, TORT OR OTHERWISE, AND WHETHER OR NOT THE PARTIES HAVE BEEN INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ANY SUCH DAMAGE, AND EVEN IF A REMEDY SET FORTH HEREIN IS FOUND TO HAVE FAILED ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.
    4. No Liability for Conduct of Other Members. YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL OF YOUR COMMUNICATIONS AND INTERACTIONS WITH OTHER MEMBERS OR OTHER USERS OF THE SERVICES. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT SHIP2MATES DOES NOT MAKE ANY ATTEMPT TO VERIFY THE STATEMENTS OF MEMBERS OR OTHER USERS OF THE SERVICES. SHIP2MATES MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT ANY GOODS OR SERVICES PROVIDED BY THIRD PARTIES WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS OR BE AVAILABLE ON AN UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE BASIS. SHIP2MATES MAKES NO WARRANTY REGARDING THE QUALITY OF SUCH GOODS OR SERVICES, NOR THE ACCURACY, TIMELINESS, TRUTHFULNESS, COMPLETENESS, OR RELIABILITY OF ANY CONTENT MADE AVAILABLE BY THIRD PARTIES ON OR THROUGH THE SERVICES.
    5. Ship2Mates Is Not a Broker.  Ship2Mates does not, and is not intended to, provide financial or real estate advice. Ship2Mates is not an attorney, escrow agent, lender, or real estate broker representing any Member. SHIP2MATES AND OUR AFFILIATES MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE EXISTENCE, OWNERSHIP, LEGAL STATUS (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, BUILDING CODE COMPLIANCE AND COMPLIANCE WITH ACCESSIBILITY LAWS), SUITABILITY, OR CONDITION OF ANY PROPERTY LISTED ON SHIP2MATES, OR AS TO THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF ANY INFORMATION ABOUT A PROPERTY.
    6. Exclusion of Damages. CERTAIN JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MAY HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.
    7. Basis of the Bargain. THE LIMITATIONS OF DAMAGES SET FORTH ABOVE ARE FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN SHIP2MATES ENTITIES AND YOU.
    8. DISPUTE RESOLUTION.

If a dispute arises between you and Ship2Mates, our goal is to provide you with a neutral and cost-effective means of resolving the dispute quickly. Accordingly, if you have a dispute with Ship2Mates, you agree to contact us and try to resolve the dispute informally before pursuing other avenues, including arbitration as set forth in Section 16(a) below.

    1. GENERAL.
    2. Term and Termination. The Terms commence on the date when you accept them (as described in the preamble above) and remain in full force and effect for as long as you access or use the Services, unless terminated earlier in accordance with the Terms.
    3. Termination by You. You may terminate these Terms with Ship2Mates at any time by deactivating your Account(s) and discontinuing your use of the Services.
    4. Termination by Ship2Mates. We may suspend, terminate, delete, or deactivate your Account(s) or stop providing you with all or part of the Services at any time for any or no reason, with or without notice, without liability to you.

iii. Survival. In the event of termination, whether by you or by us, Section 4 (Rights You Grant), Section 12 (Indemnification), Section 13 (Disclaimers; Limitation of Liability), Section 14 (Dispute Resolution), Section 15 (General), and Section 16 (Jurisdiction Specific Provisions) of these Terms shall survive.

    1. Member Support. We care about your concerns, issues, thoughts, and suggestions. Please visit help to find answers to common questions or email us at help.
    2. Infringement. If you believe Content on the Services infringes your copyright, you can reach our notification agent at Ship2Mates, LLC., 8 The Green , Suite 4000, Dover, DE 19901; Phone: +1 647-202-9877; Email: Hello@ship2mates.com. If you are in the U.S., your notice must satisfy the requirements enumerated in 17 U.S.C. §512(c)(3). Please review our Trademark and Copyright Policyfor additional information.
    3. Integration. These Terms, including our Community Guidelines, our Business Services Termsas applicable, and other Supplemental Terms and policies referenced herein, constitute the entire agreement between you and us with respect to our Services, and supersede any other agreements or understandings (oral or written), except that in the event of any conflict between these Terms and Supplemental Terms the Supplemental Terms shall control solely with regard to the Services to which they apply.
    4. Updates. We reserve the right to amend these Terms and any Supplemental Terms at any time. We will notify you of any material changes as legally required (for example, by emailing you, or by posting an amendment notice in your community’s newsfeed). Such changes to the Terms and Supplemental Terms shall be effective immediately for new Visitors. Changes to applicable policies and guidelines are effective immediately unless otherwise stated. If you keep using Ship2Mates after a change to Terms or any applicable Supplemental Terms is effective, you accept and agree to be bound by the new terms; if you disagree with the new terms, you must stop using the Services and delete your Account(s).
    5. Notices. Notice to Ship2Mates under these Terms must be in writing and sent to Ship2Mates using the relevant contact information set out in the introductory paragraph above. Notices will be deemed given upon personal delivery, upon delivery if by mail, or upon valid transmission through email.
    6. No Agency. These Terms do not create any agency, partnership, joint venture, joint controllership, employment or franchise relationship between you and Ship2Mates.
    7. Miscellaneous. To the extent allowed by applicable law, the English version of these Terms is binding, and other translations are for convenience only. You may not assign any of your rights or obligations under these Terms without our prior written consent, which consent may be withheld in our sole discretion. If any provision of these Terms is found unenforceable, then that provision will be severed from these Terms and not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. Except as expressly provided in this Agreement, this Agreement is intended solely for the benefit of you and the Ship2Mates Entities, and is not intended to confer any benefits upon, or create any rights in favor of, any Person other than you and the Ship2Mates Entities. Our failure to act in a particular circumstance does not waive our right to act with respect to that or other circumstances. We shall be excused for any problem due to a circumstance beyond our reasonable control. You represent and warrant on an ongoing basis and at all relevant times that you are not, nor is any individual with access to your Account, nor is any entity or person that (directly or indirectly) owns, controls, or is affiliated with you, acts on your behalf or is otherwise associated with you, subject to financial, economic or trade sanctions or embargoes, or otherwise designated on any list of prohibited or restricted parties. or territories, including any such lists maintained from time to time by the United Nations Security Council, the UK Government, US Government, the Australian Government, the Canadian Government, the European Union or its member states or any member states of the European Free Trade Association, or other applicable government authority. In the event that, at any relevant time, the warranty outlined in the preceding sentence ceases to be true, complete, and accurate, you shall notify us immediately.
    8. BINDING ARBITRATION AND CLASS WAIVER; JURISDICTION-SPECIFIC PROVISIONS.
    9. United States. If you live in the United States, this section applies to you.
    10. Governing Law, Jurisdiction and Venue. Except as set forth in Subsection (v) below, these Terms are to be governed by and interpreted under Delaware law, without regard to its conflict of law principles. This  governing law provision is limited to specifying the choice of law to be used in the governance and interpretation of these Terms, and shall not  create any other substantive right to assert claims under Delaware law, whether under statute, common law, or otherwise. This section is only intended to specify the use of Delaware law to interpret these Terms. Both you and Ship2Mates agree that all claims or  disputes arising out of or relating to these Terms (or any Supplemental Terms, unless expressly otherwise set forth in such Supplemental Terms) that are not subject to mandatory arbitration as set forth in  these Terms shall be resolved exclusively in the U.S. District Court for Delaware, or in the Superior Court of Delaware for the County of Dover, and you hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction thereof.
    11. Arbitration Agreement. You and Ship2Mates agree to the arbitration and dispute resolution terms in this Section (Section 16) (the “Arbitration Agreement”). For the purposes of this Arbitration Agreement, references to “Ship2Mates,” “you,” “we” and “us” include our respective subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, employees, employers, partners, shareholders, predecessors in interest, successors, assigns, and heirs. We encourage you to carefully read these important terms, which include a requirement that claims arising out of or relating to these Terms (and any Supplemental Terms unless expressly otherwise set forth in such Supplemental Terms) shall be brought individually and subject to arbitration, except as otherwise provided in Section 16(a)(iv), Section 16(a)(v), and Section 16(a)(vi), and include instructions for how to opt out if you do not agree.

iii. Applicability. Except as set forth below in Subsections (v) – (viI) any dispute or claim arising out of or relating in any way to your access or use of the Services, or to any aspect of your relationship with Ship2Mates (including without limitation as a business), shall be resolved by binding arbitration, rather than in court.

    1. Small Claims Court. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Arbitration Agreement, in the event the amount in controversy for any claim or dispute is less than $10,000.00, either you or Ship2Mates may bring an individual action in small claims court in the Superior Court of Delaware  for the County of Dover. Should the amount in controversy of such action exceed the monetary limit of the small claims court, such action shall be dismissed without prejudice, and be shall be subject to arbitration as set forth herein.
    2. Emergency Equitable Relief. Notwithstanding the other provisions in this Arbitration Agreement, either you or Ship2Mates may seek a temporary restraining order or other temporary equitable relief from a state or federal court of competent jurisdiction, in order to maintain the status quo pending arbitration. A request for emergency equitable reliefs shall not be deemed a waiver of any other rights or obligations under this Arbitration Agreement, including the requirement to individual arbitration as set forth herein.
    3. Claims Not Subject to Arbitration. Notwithstanding the other provisions in this Arbitration Agreement, claims alleging defamation, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, or infringement or misappropriation of the other party’s patent, copyright, trademark, or trade secrets shall not be subject to the arbitration requirements in this  Arbitration Agreement, and may be brought in  state or federal court, specifically, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, or in the Superior Court of Delaware for the County of Dover.

vii. Arbitration Rules and Forum. These Terms evidence a transaction involving interstate commerce and that notwithstanding the provision above with respect to the applicable substantive law, the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. §1 et seq. (“FAA”) will govern the interpretation and enforcement of this Arbitration Agreement and any arbitration proceedings in accordance therewith. If, for whatever reason, the FAA is inapplicable, the state law governing arbitration agreements in the state in which you reside shall apply. To begin an arbitration proceeding, you must send a letter requesting arbitration and describing your claim to Ship2Mates LLC, 8 The Green, Suite 4000, Dover, DE 19901, attn: Legal Department, with copy to claims@ship2mates.com. Your letter must include (1) the name, telephone number, mailing address, and e-mail address of the party seeking arbitration and the Account username, if any, as well as the email address associated with the Account; (2) a statement of the legal claims being asserted and the factual bases of those claims; (3) a description of the remedy sought and an accurate, good-faith calculation of the amount in controversy in United States Dollars; (4) the party’s portion of the applicable filing fee. The arbitration will be conducted by JAMS, an established alternative dispute resolution provider. Disputes involving claims and counterclaims under $250,000, not inclusive of attorneys’ fees and interest, shall be subject to JAMS’s most current version of the Streamlined Arbitration Rules and procedures available at http://www.jamsadr.com/rules-streamlined-arbitration/. All other claims shall be subject to JAMS’s most current version of the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures, available at http://www.jamsadr.com/rules-comprehensive-arbitration/. JAMS’s rules are also available at www.jamsadr.com or by calling JAMS at 800-352-5267. If JAMS is not available to arbitrate, the parties will select an alternative arbitral forum. If the arbitrator finds that you can’t afford to pay JAMS’s filing, administrative, hearing, and/or other fees and can’t obtain a waiver from JAMS, In addition, Ship2Mates will reimburse all such JAMS’s filing, administrative, hearing and/or other fees for claims, such amounts totaling less than $10,000, unless the arbitrator determines the claims are frivolous. You may choose to have the arbitration conducted by telephone, based on written submissions, or in person in the county where you reside, or at another mutually agreed location. Any judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction.

viii. Authority of Arbitrator. The arbitrator shall have exclusive authority to (i) determine the scope and enforceability of this Arbitration Agreement and (ii) resolve any dispute related to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability or formation of this Arbitration Agreement including, but not limited to, any claim that all or any part of this Arbitration Agreement is void or voidable. The exceptions to the preceding sentence are (1) all disputes arising out of or relating to the class action waiver, including any claim that all or part of the class action waiver is unenforceable, illegal, void or voidable, or such class action waiver has been breached, shall be decided by a court of competent jurisdiction and not by an arbitrator; and (2) all disputes arising out of or relating to whether either party has satisfied any condition precedent to arbitration shall be decided only by a court of competent jurisdiction and not by an arbitrator. The arbitration will decide the rights and liabilities, if any, of you and Ship2Mates. The arbitrator shall have the authority to grant motions dispositive of all or part of any claim. The arbitrator shall have the authority to award monetary damages and to grant any non-monetary remedy or relief available to an individual under applicable law, the arbitral forum’s rules, and the Terms (including the Arbitration Agreement). The arbitrator shall issue a written award and statement of decision describing the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based, including the calculation of any damages awarded. The arbitrator has the same authority to award relief on an individual basis that a judge in a court of law would have. The award of the arbitrator is final and binding upon you and us. Any judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction.

    1. Waiver of Jury Trial. YOU AND SHIP2MATES HEREBY WAIVE ANY CONSTITUTIONAL AND STATUTORY RIGHTS TO SUE IN COURT AND HAVE A TRIAL IN FRONT OF A JUDGE OR A JURY. There is no judge or jury in arbitration, and court review of an arbitration award is subject to very limited review. 
    2. Waiver of Class or Other Non-individualized Relief. ALL CLAIMS AND DISPUTES WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THIS ARBITRATION AGREEMENT MUST BE ARBITRATED ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS AND NOT ON A CLASS OR COLLECTIVE BASIS, ONLY INDIVIDUAL RELIEF IS AVAILABLE, AND CLAIMS OF MORE THAN ONE CUSTOMER OR USER CAN’T BE ARBITRATED OR CONSOLIDATED WITH THOSE OF ANY OTHER CUSTOMER OR USER. If a decision is issued stating that applicable law precludes enforcement of any of the limitations in Subsection v, as to a claim for relief, then the claim shall be severed from the arbitration and brought in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, or in the Superior Court of Delaware for the County of Dover. All remaining claims shall be arbitrated.
    3. 30-day Right to Opt Out. You have the right to opt out of the provisions of these Terms that mandate arbitration by sending written notice of your decision to opt out to: hello@ship2mates.com, within 30 days after first becoming subject to a version of these Terms containing an arbitration provision. Your notice must include your name and address, your Ship2Mates username (if any), the email address you used to set up your Account (if you have one), and an unequivocal statement that you want to opt out of this Arbitration Agreement. If you opt out of arbitration, all other parts of these Terms will continue to apply to you. Opting out of arbitration has no effect on any other arbitration agreements that you may currently have, or may enter into in the future, with us.

xii. Severability. Except as provided in Section 16(a)(x) (Waiver of Class or Other Non-Individualized Relief), if any part or parts of this Arbitration Agreement are found under the law to be invalid or unenforceable, then such specific part or parts shall be of no force and effect and shall be severed and the remainder of the Arbitration Agreement shall continue in full force and effect.

xiii. Survival of Arbitration Agreement. This Arbitration Agreement will survive the termination of your relationship with Ship2Mates.

xiv. Material Changes. Notwithstanding any provision in these Terms to the contrary, if Ship2Mates makes any material changes to this Arbitration Agreement, you accept and agree to be bound by the new terms, unless you opt-out  by writing to Ship2Mates at the following address: hello@Ship2Mates.com within thirty (30) days of receiving notice of such change(s), and include all the relevant information required in the Notice as discussed in Subsection (xi) of this Arbitration Agreement. If you choose to opt-out pursuant to this subsection, the previous version of this Arbitration Agreement will govern your claims. 

    1. Canada. If you live in Canada this section applies to you.
    2. Data Transfer. The privacy protections and the rights of authorities to access your personal information in the countries to which we transfer data may not be the same as in your home country. Ship2Mates will only transfer personal information as permitted by law, and will take steps intended to ensure appropriate protection of your personal information; please review ourPrivacy Policyfor details. If you have questions, please contact us.
    3. Jurisdiction and Governing Law. If you are a Member or Visitor based in Canada, then Canadian law may apply to these Terms and Canadian courts may have jurisdiction to hear disputes arising in relation to these Terms and may invoke certain local laws against Ship2Mates.
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