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Individual research and commercial research terms

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Licence Terms

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The Foundation’s intention in making the HEC Information available to you without charge is to support and further scientific education, research and analysis.  You are therefore encouraged to use and re-use the HEC Information freely and flexibly, PROVIDED THAT:

  • Your use is solely for Education & Research Purposes (as defined below);
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  • Any copyright or other notice applied to such documents or graphics as they appear on this website is reproduced and applied by you to any copies you make, including by incorporation (in whole or in part) within your own documents or works;
  • You agree to provide to the Foundation full and complete disclosure of your research findings and that the Foundation shall be entitled without charge to incorporate such findings (with appropriate acknowledgement) into the HEC Information and to make them available by users of the HEC website on the terms of this Educational Licence; and
  • In publishing or disclosing your research you acknowledge as a source Lloyd’s Register Foundation and this website and, where you incorporate any HEC Information within in any materials, analysis, documentation or information you produce in the course of your research, you ensure this is clearly identified as being subject to the terms of this Educational Licence.

Any use of extracts or information from this website other than in accordance with the above conditions is prohibited.

Within this Educational Licence the term ‘Education & Research Purposes’ means use solely for personal research or educational projects carried by a private individual for their own personal study or by a non-profit educational, academic and/or research institution. This explicitly excludes research or projects which are contracted to you (or the entity by which you are contracted or employed) by any third party for a fee or payment in kind, and/or which are done in collaboration with a third party that is funding your activities in whole or in part in exchange for commercial rights on the results and/or the right to delay their publication.

If you wish to use the HEC Information other than for Education & Research Purposes or are unsure whether your proposed use qualifies as such you should contact the HEC team at, where alternative licences (including commercial use licences) may, at the Foundation’s discretion, be available.

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The HEC Information was not collected for the purposes of this website or your use and, due to the volume, duration and variety of sources it contains, the Lloyd's Register Foundation is unable to fully vet or verify the HEC Information content.  Accordingly, you acknowledge and accept that your use of this website is entirely at your own risk and in particular (but without limitation):

  • the Lloyd’s Register Foundation makes no representation and gives no warranty or assurance of any kind in respect of it or the HEC Information, including, without limitation, as to its accuracy, completeness or suitability for any particular purpose; and
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