SECTION 1 - WHAT DO WE DO WITH YOUR INFORMATION?
When you purchase something from our website, as part of the buying and selling process, we collect the personal information you give us such as your name, address and email address.
When you browse our store, we also automatically receive your computer's internet protocol (IP) address in order to provide us with information that helps us learn about your browser and operating system.
Email marketing (if applicable): With your permission, we may send you emails about our website, new products and other updates.
SECTION 2 - CONSENT
How do you get my consent?
When you provide us with personal information to complete a transaction, verify your credit card, place an order, arrange for a delivery or return a purchase, we imply that you consent to our collecting it and using it for that specific reason only.
If we ask for your personal information for a secondary reason, like marketing, we will either ask you directly for your expressed consent, or provide you with an opportunity to say no.
How do I withdraw my consent?
If after you opt-in, you change your mind, you may withdraw your consent for us to contact you, for the continued collection, use or disclosure of your information, at anytime, by contacting us at email@example.com or mailing us at: Baird Maritime Suite 3, 20 Cato St, Hawthorn East, VIC, 3123, Australia
SECTION 3 - DISCLOSURE
We may disclose your personal information if we are required by law to do so or if you violate our Terms of Service.
SECTION 4 - WBW.com
Our website is hosted through Classified Adventures. They provide us with the online e-commerce platform that allows us to sell our products and services to you.
Your data is stored through Classified Adventures data storage, databases and the general Classified Adventures application. They store your data on a secure server behind a firewall.
If you choose a direct payment gateway to complete your purchase, then WBW stores your credit card data. It is encrypted through the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). Your purchase transaction data is stored only as long as is necessary to complete your purchase transaction. After that is complete, your purchase transaction information is deleted.
All direct payment gateways adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of credit card information by our website and its service providers.
For more insight, you may also want to read WBW's Terms of Service here or Privacy Statement here.
SECTION 5 - THIRD-PARTY SERVICES
In general, the third-party providers used by us will only collect, use and disclose your information to the extent necessary to allow them to perform the services they provide to us.
However, certain third-party service providers, such as payment gateways and other payment transaction processors, have their own privacy policies in respect to the information we are required to provide to them for your purchase-related transactions.
For these providers, we recommend that you read their privacy policies so you can understand the manner in which your personal information will be handled by these providers.
In particular, remember that certain providers may be located in or have facilities that are located in a different jurisdiction than either you or us. So if you elect to proceed with a transaction that involves the services of a third-party service provider, then your information may become subject to the laws of the jurisdiction(s) in which that service provider or its facilities are located.
As an example, if you are located in Canada and your transaction is processed by a payment gateway located in the United States, then your personal information used in completing that transaction may be subject to disclosure under United States legislation, including the Patriot Act.
When you click on links on our website, they may direct you away from our site. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites and encourage you to read their privacy statements.
SECTION 6 - SECURITY
To protect your personal information, we take reasonable precautions and follow industry best practices to make sure it is not inappropriately lost, misused, accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed.
If you provide us with your credit card information, the information is encrypted using secure socket layer technology (SSL) and stored with a AES-256 encryption. Although no method of transmission over the Internet or electronic storage is 100% secure, we follow all PCI-DSS requirements and implement additional generally accepted industry standards.
Here is a list of cookies that we use. We've listed them here so you that you can choose if you want to opt-out of cookies or not.
_session_id, unique token, sessional, Allows WBW to store information about your session (referrer, landing page, etc).
_wbw_visit, no data held, Persistent for 30 minutes from the last visit, Used by our website provider's internal stats tracker to record the number of visits
_wbw_uniq, no data held, expires midnight (relative to the visitor) of the next day, Counts the number of visits to a website by a single customer.
cart, unique token, persistent for 2 weeks, Stores information about the contents of your cart.
_secure_session_id, unique token, sessional
storefront_digest, unique token, indefinite If the shop has a password, this is used to determine if the current visitor has access.
SECTION 7 - AGE OF CONSENT
By using this site, you represent that you are at least the age of majority in your state or province of residence, or that you are the age of majority in your state or province of residence and you have given us your consent to allow any of your minor dependents to use this site.
If our website is acquired or merged with another company, your information may be transferred to the new owners so that we may continue to sell products to you.
QUESTIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
If you would like to: access, correct, amend or delete any personal information we have about you, register a complaint, or simply want more information contact our Privacy Compliance Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at Baird Maritime
[Re: Privacy Compliance Officer]
[Suite 3, 20 Cato St, Hawthorn East, VIC, 3123, Australia]
Last month I participated in the Interferry conference in Split, Croatia, as a presenter, panel member and very interested observer and networker.
Over the past twenty-seven years I have attended nearly half the Interferry conferences and have invariably found them to be interesting, stimulating and very useful.
Indeed, I was the one who persuaded the then board of the International Marine Transit Association to change its name to the much more manageable and appropriate Interferry that I had previously reserved as a domain name. I was pleased to give it to the association. That was in Cebu in the Philippines in 1999.
Since 1990, the association has progressed from being very North American focused to truly international in outlook and approach. This has improved its utility and appeal enormously.
The great and good of the global ferry industry, plus a couple of others, are regular attendees at Interferry. This year was the biggest yet with more than 370 delegates plus about 80 “accompanying persons". The programme is tight with two full days of conference deliberations lightened somewhat by breakfasts, lunches, dinners, a “technical tour", a golf day and a sailing regatta.
The conference offers a really good mix of serious and social activities that facilitate knowledge sharing and networking. Deals are done and almost all attendees return home looking forward to the next event.
So, you get to talk, eat and socialise with a wide range of ferry owners, ship builders, naval architects, financiers, lawyers, bureaucrats, classification society people, ship brokers and engine and equipment suppliers from all over the world. That enables the enthusiastic participant to gain an unusually wide perspective of the state of the global ferry market that would be unobtainable elsewhere.
So, what did I learn? First and foremost, the global ferry market is in good and improving shape. I won't say it is booming but it is flourishing and appears likely to improve further. The tourist industry is strong, marine tourism, particularly, is very strong and the commuter ferry market is being encouraged by ever increasing road traffic congestion in the world's major cities.
The last ferry boom took place about twenty years ago. Many of the vessels launched then are up to their second refurbishments and some are being replaced. The previous ferry flurry was about fifteen to twenty years before that, in the early 1980s. While many vessels from that period are still happily and economically operating, many others require substantial upgrading or replacement.
Technical developments, as with cars and aircraft, mean that it is often more economical to replace a ferry than to refurbish it. Newer vessels are usually significantly more fuel and environmentally efficient; safer; more economical; and, more comfortable. Design, construction, engines, propulsion systems, electronics, seating, air-conditioning, berthing arrangements, and passenger handling systems all continue to improve as many of the Interferry presenters advised us.
Operating methods and procedures are changing, too. As Incat Chairman, Robert Clifford, in his comedy duo presentation with his competitor, Austal's Mike Wake, informed us.
Faster turnarounds, such as he showed us at Denmark's Mols Linien, reduce the need for flat-out speed. Mr Clifford has been saying for years that his ferries do not always need to run at 35 knots plus. Often they could be operated very effectively and much more economically at half that speed.
The other attributes of catamarans and trimarans, their great stability and safety, remain whatever their operating speeds, both members of the duo agreed.
Mr Clifford's biggest complaint was that so many of his early ferries built around 35 years ago are still going strong. He has been hoping to build their replacements for years but their owners are perfectly happy to keep them operating.
However, demand for both commuter and tourist ferry travel is increasing practically everywhere. In London, for example, Thames Clippers has grown from one primitive 54-passenger boat in 1999 to a fleet of sophisticated 180 passenger ferries less than twenty years later. Bangkok's Chao Phraya Express Boat Company continues to grow its fleet with an increasing proportion being devoted to tourists.
A quick examination of the Passenger Vessel World news section of www.bairdmaritime.com reveals an ever and rapidly growing list of ferry orders and launchings. In almost every case their quality, efficiency, comfort and safety is significantly better than the vessels they replace.
Interferry certainly had a strongly positive atmosphere. I can't remember anyone I spoke to harbouring any negative thoughts about the global ferry industry or market. I have a very strong feeling that we are in for a few very good years.
Plan ahead. The next three Interferry conferences will be held in October 2018 and October 2019 in Cancun, Mexico and London respectively. Hobart, Tasmania will follow in 2020.