GENERAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF HERMESS B.V. 

These General Terms and Conditions are applicable to all Offers and Agreements (and/or changes or additions thereto) by virtue of which Hermess B.V. undertakes work including the delivery of Data and Services.

These General Terms and Conditions shall take precedence over any conditions sought to be imposed by the Customer, including conditions containing a Condition similar to this one.

Deviations from these General Terms and Conditions shall only be binding in the event that they have been agreed upon in writing between the Provider and the Customer.

 

1.              DEFINITIONS  

 For the purpose of these General Terms and Conditions, the terms below are defined as follows:

"Agreement":

an Agreement for the provision of Services will come into force through the acceptance by the Provider of an Order issued by the Customer;

"Customer":  

the person, firm or company to whom the Provider provides the Services;

"Conditions":  

these general terms and conditions;

“Data”:

meteorological, environmental, hydrological or oceanographic (whether historical or otherwise) information and/or graphs, graphics, drawings, documents, trademarks, know-how or any other material provided as part of the Services;

“Intellectual Property

any Intellectual property right including but not limited to copyright,

Rights”

moral right, database right, patent, trade mark, domain name, trade confidential or design right (whether registered or unregistered) or where relevant any application for any such rights in any jurisdiction. 

“Offer”:              

A specification of the Data and/or Services to be provided;

“Order” :

the Customer’s request for the Provider to deliver the Services whether verbally or in writing and whether electronically or otherwise;

"Party":              

Provider or Customer as the case dictates;

“Permitted Use” :

the purpose for which the Data and/or Services may be used; 

"Price" :

the sums payable in EURO by the Customer to exclusive VAT, any local taxes and bank costs;

“Provider” : 

Hermess B.V. whose registered address is at Ecu 23, 8305 BA Emmeloord, The Netherlands

"Services": 

the activities, the provision of Data or weather forecasting services as described in the Offer that the Provider provides to the Customer pursuant to an Order (in whatever medium) solely for the Permitted Use; 

“Term” : 

in respect of the Services, either the period during which the Provider agrees to supply the Customer with the Services;

"Third Party":  

any entity other than Customer or Provider;

 

 

1.1. The Conditions will govern each Agreement and the Customer will be deemed to have accepted the Conditions supplying or returning an Order to the Provider or in any event on the Provider commencing to provide the Services.

2.              CLOSING OF AGREEMENTS 

 2.1. All Offers and quotations are without commitment unless stated otherwise. Unless otherwise specified, an Offer is valid for a period of 1 month from the date of Offer.  

2.2. An Agreement for the provision of Services will come into force either when the Provider accepts an Order and/or later changes or additions to it in writing or when the Providers first makes available or delivers the Services to Customer, whichever occurs first.

 

 

3.              THE SERVICES  

 3.1. The Provider shall perform the Services as described in the Offer, including all modifications agreed upon afterwards between Parties. The Customer may request variations to the Services in writing or may request the Provider to submit proposals for variation to the Services.

3.2. In consideration of the Customer paying the Provider the Price, The Provider will provide the Customer with the Services for the Term. Customer will use the Data solely for the Permitted Use and as permitted by these Conditions.  

3.3. The Services shall be carried out within the estimated term referred to in the Offer, unless this can not reasonably be required in the circumstances. Should the term threaten to be exceeded, the Provider shall be committed to confer with the Customer as soon as possible. The Provider shall not - due to the simple expire of the term - be in default without prior written notice thereof.

3.4. In providing the Services the Provider shall exercise the degree of skill, care and diligence normally expected of a competent professional.

3.5. The Customer shall provide to the Provider, free of cost, as soon as practicable following any request for information, all information in his or her power to obtain which may relate to the Services.  The Provider shall not, without the Customer’s prior consent, use information provided by the Customer for purposes unrelated to the Services. The Customer shall fully indemnify Provider for claims arising from violations of any (intellectual property) rights that a Third Party may have in any information provided.

3.6. In respect to the Services, Customer acknowledges that despite the Provider’s professional endeavours the Services to be rendered by the Provider are limited to those based upon meteorological and oceanographic analysis and are of a predictive nature, and, as a result, contain elements of uncertainty for which no assurance can be given. And the Customer agrees that the Services may not be relied upon as though it were a statement of fact.

3.7. The Provider reserves the right at any time, subject to reasonable notice, to suspend the Services in the event of any actual or suspected breach by the Customer of these Conditions. 

3.8. The Customer accepts that it may be necessary to upgrade or change the content of the Services during the Term. 

3.9. When the Services include the supply of Third Party information, software or material object(s), the Provider shall, without prejudice to the provisions of the article, give no other guarantee with respect to such information, software, object(s) than the one described in the Offer.

3.10. By accepting an Order to develop (a(n)) (experimental) procedure(s), (experimental) model(s), equipment, computing method(s) and/or computer software, The Provider shall commit itself to no more than - when carrying out the activities agreed up - to strive for a result which is useful to the Customer. 

4.              THE PRICE  

 4.1. The Customer shall pay the Provider for the Services the Price and expenses at the times and in the manner set out in the Offer.  

4.2. Where Services are carried out on a time charge basis, the Price payable by the Customer to the Provider shall be determined by subsequent calculation on the grounds of the methods and rates in use at the Provider. Should the Offer stipulate a "reference price", the amount mentioned shall constitute no more than an estimate, free of engagement, of the costs. Should the Offer stipulate a "fixed price", such price shall be considered to be the agreed price. 

4.3. Unless otherwise specified, all Prices referred to by the Provider are exclusive VAT, any local taxes and bank costs. 

4.4.    Unless otherwise specified, all Prices referred to by the Provider are in EURO.

4.5. Unless otherwise agreed between the Parties, the Provider will not be obliged to supply the Customer with any Services or Data until the Customer has paid the Provider the Price in full.

4.6. In the event that the Customer pays for Services by invoice, the Customer must pay the Price in EURO within 30 days from the date of invoice unless otherwise agreed in writing. If the Customer fails to pay the Price or any part of the Price in accordance with the payment term then, without prejudice to the Provider’s other rights and remedies, the Provider may suspend any Services and charge both the costs of collection and the legal interest on the amount outstanding from the date of the invoice until the Provider receives full payment in cleared funds both before and after any judgment. 

4.7. The Provider reserves the right to require the Customer to make advance payments on account of the Price before the Provider provides any Services and/or to submit invoices periodically.

 

 

5.              WARRANTIES  

 5.1. The Provider cannot accept any liability for any losses incurred by the Customer or any third party as a result of the Customer or their reliance on Data and or any other information supplied to the Customer as part of the Services.

5.2. The Provider does not represent or warrant that the Customer will have uninterrupted access to the Services nor that errors in the Data will or can be rectified. 

5.3. The Provider excludes all other warranties, Conditions, terms, undertakings and obligations whether express or implied by statute or otherwise to the fullest extent permitted by law. 

5.4. The Customer warrants to the Provider that the Customer will not use the Services, or the Data, or products derived from the Data, in ways which are knowingly or potentially libellous or slanderous of individuals, companies or organisations. 

5.5. The Customer further warrants to the Provider that the Customer will not use the Data for the Customer purpose of advertising or promoting a particular product or service without express permission, or in a way which could imply endorsement by the Provider or generally in a manner which is likely to mislead others. 

 

 

6.              LICENCE AND PROPRIETARY RIGHTS  

 6.1. Unless otherwise specified, the Customer may view, print, copy for internal use, distribute internally and archive the Data. 

6.2. Any and all proprietary rights in the Data and/or the Services remain the property of the Provider. The Customer will not acquire nor will the Customer attempt to register any Intellectual Property Rights in the Data and/or Services. 

6.3. Nothing in these Conditions transfers to the Customer the copyright or any other Intellectual Property Rights in the Data, Services, or any software, software tools, design concepts, knowhow, techniques or methodologies which the Provider uses in producing Data, or providing the Services, the ownership of which remains absolutely with the Provider. 

6.4. “Hermess B.V.” and its logo(s) are registered trademarks of the Provider. The Customer does not have the right to use or reproduce the Provider’s logo(s) or other trademarks without The Provider’s  prior written authorisation. 

6.5. Only upon prior written authorisation from The Provider, the Customer shall be authorised to use (part of) the Services for instituting claims, for conducting legal proceedings, for advertising purposes, for publications and/or for other similar applications.

6.6. Where the Permitted Use provides for the reproduction or publication of Data, such reproduction or publication must contain a copyright acknowledgement in the form: © Hermess B.V. copyright year Published by the Provider

In cases where the Customer wants to reproduce or publish Data that has been superseded, the Customer must make it clear that a more up to date version is available. 

6.7. The Customer will give the Provider any assistance the Provider may require to enable the Provider to obtain, defend and enforce the proprietary and Intellectual Property Rights in the Data and the Services. 

6.8. The Customer will effect and maintain adequate security measures to safeguard the Data and the Services from access or use by any unauthorised person. The Customer will notify the Provider immediately if the Customer becomes aware of any unauthorised use of the Services by anyone or of any actual or potential infringement of The Provider’s Intellectual Property Rights in the Data or Services. The Customer will permit the Provider at any time to check that the use of the Data and the Services is in accordance with these Conditions. 

 

 

7.              CONFIDENTIALITY       

 7.1. The Customer shall make no other use of the (specific) knowledge of The Provider and/or data and/or (other) information (to be) supplied by The Provider in (connection with) an Offer and/or (a) quotation(s) for modification, addition and/or extension of an Agreement, than for the purpose of forming an opinion on the Offer or the quotation(s).

7.2. In the event that such has been agreed upon in writing at the time of entering the Agreement, The Provider shall be committed to keep confidential the name of the Customer and the fact the activities have been carried out, such for a period of time which shall terminate two (2) years after the date of the final invoice, unless otherwise agreed.

7.3. Unless otherwise agreed upon at the time of entering the Agreement, The Provider shall be committed for a period of two (2) years after the date of the final invoice to keep confidential the Services as made available by The Provider to the Customer, except in so far as it concerns (a(n)) (experimental) procedure(s), (experimental) model(s), equipment, computing method(s) and/or computer software whose development was not directly envisaged by the Agreement. In the event of tests, analyses, measurements or literature search, the commitment to confidentiality shall be limited to the findings of the test, analysis, measurement or literature research carried out as such.

7.4. In the event misconceptions occur in consequence of the making public by the Customer of the Services, The Provider is relieved of the commitment to confidentiality to the extent reasonably required for The Provider to give an explanation on the results to third parties.

7.5. The Provider shall be committed to keep confidential information from the Customer received by The Provider in the execution of the Services and explicitly labelled confidential by the Customer. The commitment to confidentiality shall not apply to:

a)            information already in the possession of The Provider at the moment the information is disclosed by the Customer to The Provider;

b)            information which either was or has become common knowledge, without this common knowledge being the result of any omission on the part of The Provider;

c)            information, either lawfully acquired by The Provider from a third party, and/or acquired by The Provider from its own research, without any use of the information labelled confidential.

d)            information required by law or relevant regulatory body to be disclosed. 

7.6.          The Provider's obligation to confidentiality shall not apply if and in so far as it is contrary to the public interest, nor if and in so far as The Provider detects a serious danger to persons or goods. In the latter case, The Provider shall confer with the Customer, if possible, before reporting the danger to those whose person or good is being threatened and/or the competent authorities.

7.7.          Unless otherwise agreed upon in writing The Provider reserves the right to notify third parties or to issue publications on the nature of the Agreement, its rough contents and the activities carried out in the framework of the Agreement.

 

 

8.              TERMINATION  

 8.1. Notwithstanding anything else contained in these Conditions, the Provider may, at the Provider’s option, suspend or terminate the Services immediately on giving notice to the Customer if: 

a)            the Customer fail to pay any amount that is due for payment under these Conditions; or 

b)            the Customer commit any other breach of any of these Conditions and in the case of a breach which is not persistent and which is capable of being remedied, have failed, within 7 days after the Provider have requested the Customer in writing, to remedy the breach; 

c)            the Customer has a receiver or administrative receiver appointed over the Customer or over any part of the Customer’s undertaking or assets, or the Customer pass a

resolution for winding-up (except for the purpose of a bona fide scheme of solvent amalgamation or reconstruction), or if a court of competent jurisdiction makes an order to that effect, or if the Customer become insolvent or subject to an administration order, or if the Customer enter into any voluntary arrangement with the Customer’s creditors, or if any similar process to any of the above is begun, or if the Customer cease or threaten to cease to carry on business. 

8.2.          Any suspension of the Services on the Provider’s part will not prejudice the Provider’s right to terminate the Services later, for the same or a different reason. 

8.3.          Should the Provider terminate the Services under Condition 8.1, the Customer will remain liable to pay the Provider any portion of the Price which remains unpaid in respect of the Services for the remainder of the Term together with any expenses the Provider have incurred or have agreed to incur in connection with any work done or to be done for the Customer. 

8.4.          The termination or expiry of the Services for any reason: 

a)            will not affect any accrued rights or liabilities which either the Customer or the Provider have, nor will it affect the coming into force or the continuance in force of any of these Conditions which is expressly, or by implication, intended to come into or to continue in force on or after termination; and/or 

b)            will not entitle the Customer to any refund of the Price. 

8.5.          The Customer does not have a right of early termination or cancellation of the Services unless the Provider agrees in its sole discretion to the Customer’s request in writing and upon such terms as the Provider may agree and in this event the Provider may, but shall not be obliged to make a partial refund of the Price the Customer have paid, entirely at the Provider’s discretion. 

8.6.          The customer will delete or destroy the Data supplied to the Customer following termination of the Services under Condition 8.1.

 

 

9.              DELAYS  

 9.1. The Provider will not be liable for any delay in performing or failure to perform the Services caused by circumstances beyond the Provider’s control and the Provider will be granted a reasonable extension of time for the performance of the Services. 

 

 

10.            LIABILITY  

 10.1. The Provider will not be liable to the Customer for loss of actual or anticipated profits or savings, loss of business, loss of opportunity, loss or spoiling of data, loss of contracts, or for any indirect or consequential loss, whether arising from negligence, or breach of Agreement, or in any other way, even if the Provider were advised of, or knew of the likelihood of, that loss or type of loss arising. 

10.2. Without prejudice to Condition 5.1 and 10.1, the Provider’s  liability for direct loss whether in agreement, or tort (including negligence) or arising in any other way, will not exceed the amount the Customer has paid to the Provider or is payable for that part of the Services from which the Customer’s claim for loss arises. Remunerations paid by the Provider to third parties for the benefit of the execution of the Agreement, shall not be included in the above amount.

10.3. If either Party is found liable to the other (whether in contract, tort or otherwise), and the claiming Party and/or a Third Party has contributed to the loss or damage, the liable Party shall only be liable to the proportional extent of its own contribution.

10.4. The Customer will keep the Provider, its personnel and subcontractors involved and/or called in by The Provider in the execution of the Agreement fully and effectually indemnified against

all actions, claims, proceedings, costs and/or damages together with all legal costs or expenses that the Provider and such other parties incur as a result of entering an Agreement  with the Customer (including any claims made by third parties against the Customer or the Provider paid by the Customer to compromise or settle any claim made by a third party based on the Customer’s use of the Data). 

10.5. The Provider, its personnel and subcontractors involved and/or called in by The Provider in the execution of the Agreement shall not be liable for damages suffered by the Customer and/or third parties originating from the application and/or use of (part of) the results of The Provider's activities, unless there is evil intent or gross negligence on the part of The Provider, its personnel and/or on the part of the said non-employees.

10.6. The Provider, its personnel and non-employees involved and/or called in by The Provider in the execution of the Agreement shall not be liable for damages to, or for the loss of, substances or objects made available by the Customer to The Provider, if the nature of the Agreement involves damages or loss, or the risk thereof.

10.7. The Customer shall be committed to notify The Provider of properties of a substance or object made available by the Customer to The Provider in connection with the Agreement, which are (might be) hazardous and, if possible, to clearly mark the substance or object, or its packing, as being dangerous. Failing which, the Customer shall be liable to fully indemnify the Provider, its personnel and subcontractors involved and/or called in by The Provider in the execution of the Agreement for damages originating from such non-reported property of the substance or object and the Customer shall safeguard The Provider, its personnel and the said subcontractors against claims from third parties, unless the Customer proves that he had no knowledge of the concerned property (properties) nor could have had knowledge thereof.

10.8. The Customer shall be liable for damages or injury suffered by The Provider, its personnel and/or non-employees involved and/or called in by The Provider in the execution of the

Agreement, or by The Provider’s property, during the stay in connection with the Agreement on the site, in a car, on a ship, in an airplane and/or in respectively on installations of the Customer. The same arrangement shall apply to sites, cars, ships, airplanes and installations of third parties, in so far as the stay there is required as a result of instructions from, or the making available by, the Customer. The provisions of this paragraph override all differently formulated provisions agreed by personnel of The Provider and/or non-employees involved and/or called in by The Provider in the execution of the Agreement, for example in connection with obtaining access to the site.

10.9. The Provider, its personnel and subcontractors involved and/or called in by The Provider in the execution of the Agreement shall not be liable for damages or injury suffered by the Customer, his personnel and/or his property during the stay on the site, in a car, on a ship, in an airplane and/or on installations of The Provider, unless the damages or injury (have) has been caused through negligence of The Provider, its personnel and/or the said nonemployees.

10.10. The Provider, its personnel and subcontractors involved and/or called in by The Provider in the execution of the Agreement shall not be liable for damage to objects of the Customer held by The Provider under its supervision in connection with the execution of the Agreement, unless there is evil intent or gross negligence on the part of The Provider, its personnel and/or on the part of the said non-employees.

10.11. Any liability of The Provider shall expire when three (3) years have elapsed since the date on which the final invoice of The Provider was sent.

10.12. In all cases in which the Customer suffers damages for which The Provider is liable by virtue of the provisions in these Standard Conditions, The Provider shall be authorized to restrict or rectify, or to have restricted or rectified, the damages at its own expense.

 

 

11.            GENERAL

  11.1. No failure or delay by the Provider to exercise any right, power or remedy will operate as a waiver of it nor will any partial exercise preclude any further exercise of the same or some other right, power or remedy. 

11.2. These Conditions supersede all prior agreements, arrangements and understandings between the Customer and the Provider and constitute the entire agreement between the Customer and the Provider relating to the Services. The Conditions shall prevail over any terms or Conditions that the Customer seeks to introduce that are not expressly contained within these Conditions. The Provider may vary these Conditions at any time for whatever reason provided the Provider publish such varied Conditions on the Website or otherwise notify the Customer of such change, and upon being published the varied conditions shall apply to the Customer in place of these Conditions. 

11.3. The Customer may not assign, transfer, sub-contract or sub-license the Customer rights or obligations under these Conditions or sell-on or share any Data, whether in whole or in part, without first obtaining the Provider’s  written consent. 

11.4. All notices to be given must be in writing and be sent to the Provider at the Provider’s  address set out at Condition 1 or be sent to the Customer at the Customer’s registered office or Customer’s place of business or any contact e-mail address the Customer gives the Provider from time to time. 

11.5. The headings to these Conditions are for ease of reference only, and do not affect the interpretation or construction of these Conditions. 

11.6.     Time will not be of the essence in respect of the Services provided subject to these Conditions. 

11.7. Should the Customer fail within two (2) months after the date of the final invoice to make arrangements for the return of goods made available to The Provider in connection with the Agreement, The Provider shall be free to take appropriate measures for the return of such goods. Any expenses associated with the above shall be for the account of the Customer.

11.8. Should either The Provider or the Customer fail to meet any essential obligation stemming from the agreement, the other party shall notify the breaching party accordingly in writing and during a reasonable period of time shall give the breaching party the opportunity to comply as yet with its obligations. In the event that the breaching party does not comply with its obligations as yet within the time imposed, his rights stemming from the agreement shall lapse forthwith and the other party shall no longer be obliged to fulfil any of its obligations. The provisions of this paragraph are without prejudice to all other rights and obligations of parties stemming from the agreement.

11.9. If any of these Conditions are, for any reason, held to be unenforceable, illegal or invalid, that unenforceability, illegality or invalidity will not affect any other provisions which will continue in full force and effect. 

 

 

12.                GOVERNING LAW AND DISPUTES

 

12.1.       These Conditions shall be construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the Netherlands. 

12.2.       The governing law of the Agreement and Agreements stemming therefrom shall be the laws of the Netherlands. 

12.3.       Any disputes arising from and/or in connection with the present Agreement and/or Agreements stemming therefrom, shall be submitted to the jurisdiction of the District Court of Central Netherlands, with its seat in Lelystad, The Netherlands.