Terms and conditions
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OCEAN FERRY BELIZE LIMITED
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL COMMUTERS
ALL COMMUTERS ARE KINDLY REQUESTED TO READ AND BE REMINDED TO TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING PROVISIONS WHICH CONTAIN THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS EXEMPTING, EXCLUDING AND/OR LIMITING THE LIABILITY OF OCEAN FERRY BELIZE LIMITED IN RESPECT OF, AMONG OTHERS, DEATH, PERSONAL INJURY AND LOSS OF OR DAMAGE TO ALL PROPERTY, INCLUDING BAGGAGE. THESE PROVISIONS SHALL FORM PART OF THE PASSAGE CONTRACT BETWEEN THE COMMUTER AND THE COMPANY AND APPLY TO ALL PASSAGES ON-BOARD THE COMPANY’S FERRIES AND BOATS, AND THE COMPANY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO AMEND THESE PROVISIONS FROM TIME TO TIME WITHOUT NOTICE TO COMMUTERS. COMMUTERS ARE KINDLY ADVISED TO PURCHASE APPROPRIATE AND ADEQUATE INSURANCES TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND THEIR PROPERTIES.
All carriage of commuters on the Company’s ferries and boats and all services undertaken by the Company are subject to the provisions herein.
a. “Baggage” includes the Commuter’s luggage, hand-held baggage, checkin baggage or any item contained in the Baggage.
b. “Commuter” includes all passengers and persons traveling on-board the Vessel, not in the capacity of an officer or crew member of the Vessel, including all infants, children and/or persons traveling with the Commuter whether or not named in the reservation and confirmation list or such other document issued by the Company.
c. “Company” means OCEAN FERRY BELIZE LIMITED and includes the Master and crew of its vessels, agents, servants, employees and representatives.
d. “Ferry Terminal Operators” means SCCPL, RIFT and TMFT.
e. “Passage Contract” means the contract between the Company and the Commuter for the passage specified in any document issued by the Company for the purpose, and includes the Reservation or Booking Form (on-line or otherwise), and the ferry ticket to which these provisions shall apply.
f. “Property” means all other articles, items, goods, effects apart from Baggage, belonging to or brought on-board the Vessel by, with or for any Commuter, of any kind and description.
g. “OFBT” means the Ocean Ferry Belize Terminals located at, but not limited to, Caye Chapel, Caye Caulker, San Pedro, Belize City, or any authorized ferry terminal/s in the Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras areas.
h. “SCCPL” means the Singapore Cruise Centre Pte Ltd and its operated ferry terminal commonly known as the HarbourFront Ferry Terminal.
i. “TMFT” means the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.
j. “Vessel” means such boat, ferry and vessel employed or used by the Company to perform the Passage Contract.
a. Current fares are as displayed on the Company’s website and at all it’s ticketing locations. All fares quoted are subject to change without prior notice.
b. Adult fare (as specified on the Company’s website) is payable by Commuters aged 12 years and above and child fare (as specified on the Company’s website) is payable by Commuters aged below 12 years. Children under 5 years are free.
d. All fares are in US Dollars. The conversion rate is US$1 to $2 Belize Dollars. 10% Booking Fee applies.
All fares are exclusive of the levies, charges and fees collected by the respective authorities. All levies, charges and fees are subject to change by the respective authorities.
4. Booking of Seats
a. The name, identification number (passport preferred), date of birth, date of I.D. expiry, gender, nationality and country of residence shall be provided by the Commuter at the time of booking. Booking is on a first-come-first-served basis and is subject to availability of seats.
b. Amendments to booking:
i. Change of travelling date and time are permitted up to ten days (excluding departure day) before scheduled departure time subject to seat availability plus any applicable difference in fare and amendment fee
ii. Destination change is permitted up to ten days (excluding departure day), provided the new ticket value is equal or lower than the original value and subject to seat availability and amendment fee. No refund or credit for the difference in fare.
iii. Amendments to change a passenger name are strictly not permitted.
iv. Amendments are at the sole discretion of the Company.
v. Amendment fees:
• A US$3 administration fee will be charged per amendment and per passenger.
vi. Please email to Ocean Ferry Booking for any amendment requests.
vii. Amendments to bookings are strictly not permitted if your scheduled departure time is less than 3 days.
• Once booking is confirmed, cancellation is strictly not permitted.
• If you have booked your tickets through travel agents or other parties, you are advised to contact them directly.
a. Refunds are solely at the discretion of the Senior Management of the Company.
b. If tickets are issued by Travel Agents or Authorized Agents, please approach them directly and it is strictly subject to their terms and conditions.
c. We strictly do not refund for lost or stolen tickets.
d. We strictly do not refund for tickets which have already expired and/or tickets which have been defaced, torn or damaged.
e. If tickets have been utilized, there will be strictly no refund.
f. If you have arrived in your destination country but are denied entry by the Immigration officer or Authority due to whatsoever reason, there will be no refund of any fare paid including terminal fee(s). It’s your obligation to ensure you have all entry and exit visas, health and other required document and your travelling document or passport must have a minimum of 6 months validity from date of travel.
g. Where a booking is cancelled by the Company pursuant to Clause 17, there will be no refund of the ticket fare.
h. Refund Process – In any case where we agree to or are obliged to provide a refund, we will only give that refund on the following conditions:
i. Refund request must be made by the passenger and you are required to submit reasonable proof of your identity and purchase.
ii. To submit your refund claim, please write to
OCEAN FERRY BELIZE LIMITED
10 North Front Street, Belize City, Belize
iii. Your claim of refund must reach us before your first departure date and not later than 30 days from the date of purchase and before expiry date as stated on your ticket.
iv. You must return your ticket to us for our verification. We will not be able to process your refund request until we have received your original ticket and receipt.
v. If your refund request is approved, we will refund the amount to your credit card or by cheque unless we otherwise agree.
vi. Once a refund has been given, your ticket will be cancelled and voided. Ocean Ferry shall have no further obligation to carry you under that ticket.
6. Group Bookings
a. “Group Booking” means a one-time booking of 10 or more Commuters traveling together on the same trip.
b. Where a booking is cancelled by the Company pursuant to Clause 17, there will be no refund of the ticket fare.
c. Amendment of Group booking may be permitted, please read Clause 4
d. Cancellation of Group booking is not permitted once booking is confirmed. Please read Clause 4.
7. Check-in & Booking
a. Check-in at OFBT
i. Commuters shall check-in and verify tickets at the Company’s ticket counter at least 30 minutes before the scheduled ferry departure. The Company reserves the right to cancel confirmed bookings if any Commuter checks-in less than 20 minutes before departure. The departure gate will close 5 minutes before departure.
ii. These timings are subject to last minute changes and such changes are of no fault, liability or responsibility of the Company.
c. A sum of US$5.00 is payable by any Commuter for the replacement of a lost boarding pass.
d. Subject to availability of seat, a Commuter may request for a transfer to the next ferry timing within the same day at no additional cost.
8. Travel Documents
a. The Commuter must ensure that his passport/I.D. is valid for entry at the country of destination and that it is valid for at least six months prior to departure.
b. The Commuter shall comply with all travel and immigration requirements necessary in the country of destination and shall, if necessary, obtain all necessary visas, licenses, permits, passes certificates or documents whether for health, immigration, customs or other purposes at his own cost and responsibility.
c. No passage fares will be refunded in the event a Commuter is refused embarkation or entry into a country of destination by reason of his failure to obtain and/or possess a valid passport or other necessary documents or approvals.
9. Baggage and Property
a. Baggage is separately checked-in at the baggage counters (“Baggage Counters”) that are managed by the respective Ferry Terminal Operators.
b. Commuters are required to check-in their baggage at least 30 minutes before departure.
c. Each Commuter is entitled to carry on-board 1 hand-held item not exceeding 70 cm x 51 cm x 34 cm and 10 kg and a sling bag (e.g. a woman’s handbag, a light document bag).
d. Each passenger is entitled to a total check-in baggage allowance of 50 lbs (the “Baggage Allowance”). excess will be charged in accordance with rates levied by the respective Ferry
e. Check-in baggage must be properly contained and fastened.
f. No Property except personal effects/belongings is allowed on-board the Vessel.
g. No animals/pets or foul-smelling items are allowed on-board the Vessel.
h. No dangerous goods such as explosives, firearms, drugs, inflammable material, are allowed on-board the Vessel.
i. The above is subject to last minute changes as imposed by the respective Ferry Terminal Operators and such changes are of no fault, liability or responsibility of the Company.
j. The Company reserves the right to reject any Baggage or Property to be loaded onto the Vessel if such Baggage or Property is deemed to be hazardous, to be a nuisance or to create an inconvenience to, or is dangerous to life or safety to the passengers and Vessel. This includes bicycles, surfboards or any bulky items as the Company may deem fit to reject.
k. The Company shall not be liable or responsible for any Baggage handled by the Baggage Counters of the respective Ferry Terminal Operators in transit (i.e. before the Baggage is loaded on the Vessel, and after the Baggage is unloaded from the Vessel). The Commuter must comply with the terms and conditions of the respective Ferry Terminal Operators governing the handling of the Baggage in transit, and the Company shall not be liable or responsible for any loss resulting from the Commuter’s failure to do so.
10. Change or Variation of Passage Services
a. The Company reserves the right to cancel or vary its passage services in any manner at its absolute discretion, without incurring any liability to the Commuter whatsoever.
b. In particular, the Company may for any reason whatsoever and at any time:
i. substitute the scheduled Vessel with another Vessel, whether or not the substitute Vessel is owned by the Company or of the same condition as the scheduled Vessel;
ii. permit the Vessel to proceed by any route or proceed to or stay at any place or port;
iii. delay the scheduled date and hour of sailing or disembarkation; or
iv. provide seating to the Commuter different from that already assigned or provided to the Commuter.
11. Termination of Passage Contract
The Company may at any time for any reason whatsoever terminate the Passage Contract of any Commuter before departure of the Vessel and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing may so terminate owing to the unavailability of the Vessel or seats, whether through charter or overbooking of seats or otherwise, and the Company’s only liability will be to refund to the Commuter the amount it has received from him for the Passage Contract, but only if the termination giving rise to a refund was not caused by or in any way attributable to any breach by the Commuter of any of the terms and conditions herein or any act, neglect or default on his part.
12. Exclusion/Limitation of Liability
a. The Company shall be exempt from all liability in respect of any:
i. detention, delay, loss (whether direct, consequential, economic or otherwise), expense or damage of or to any Property and Baggage, whenever or wherever occurring, however and by whomsoever caused and whether due to any act, neglect or default of the Company or otherwise; and/or
ii. death, personal injury, illness, detention, delay, loss of or to any Commuter whenever and wherever occurring, howsoever and by whomsoever caused and whether due to any act, neglect or default of the Company.
b. Exclusion/Limitation of Liability for loss of and/or damage to Baggage or Property:
i. Further to and without derogating from or in any way depriving the Company of the benefit of any exemptions and/or exclusions contained herein or under any applicable law, if for any reason whatsoever, the Company does not rely, is unable to rely or is precluded from relying on any of the provisions of Clause 12(a) above, the Company’s liability to each Commuter for loss of and/or damage to Baggage or Property while on-board the Vessel shall not exceed the sum of One Hundred Singapore Dollars (S$100.00), subject to proof of amount of loss satisfactory to the Company.
ii. The Company shall not be liable for any loss of cash kept in Baggage or Property.
iii. The Company shall not be liable for any loss of and/or damage to any gold, silver, silverware, jewelry, ornaments, watches, precious stones, works of art, or other valuables kept in Baggage or Property placed on-board the Vessel with no prior declaration to and acceptance by the Company of value made.
c. Limitation of Liability for Death or Personal Injury to the Commuter:
Further to and without derogating from or in any way depriving the Company of the benefit of any exemptions and/or exclusions contained herein or under any applicable law, if for any reason whatsoever, the Company does not rely, is unable to rely or is precluded from relying on any of the provisions of Clause 12(a) above, in the event of death or personal injury to the Commuter, the Company shall be entitled to limit its liability in accordance with its P & I insurance policy.
d. Occurrences Not On-board the Vessel/Passage Services Performed by Independent Contractors:
i. The Company accepts no responsibility or liability for the acts and/or omissions of independent contractors who are not its agents or employees.
ii. The Commuter agrees that the Company shall not be liable whatsoever for injury, loss of and/or damage to any person, Baggage or Property as a result of any act, omission or negligence of any of these contractors or any other person providing any of the offship services relating to the passage and the Commuter hereby releases and discharges the Company from any claims for such injury, loss or damage.
e. Benefit of Exclusion/Limitation of Liability Clause:
It is hereby expressly agreed that no servant, agent, employee or representative of the Company (including every sub-contractor of the Company) shall be under any liability whatsoever to the Commuter for any loss, damage or delay of whatsoever kind arising or resulting directly or indirectly from any act, neglect or default on his part while acting in the course of or in connection with his employment or agency and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provisions of this Clause, every exemption, limitation, condition and liberty herein contained and every right, exemption from liability, defence and immunity of whatsoever nature applicable to the Company or to which the Company is entitled herein shall also be available to the Company’s servants, agents, employees and representatives.
13. Notice of Claim
a. Any claim for death or personal injury shall be notified in writing to the Company immediately.
b. Any claim for loss of and/or damage to Baggage or Property shall be notified in writing to the Company (or the ferry terminal’s baggage handling agent) on the Company’s prescribed Loss Report (the “Loss Report”) as soon as the loss of and/or damage to Baggage or Property is discovered at the time of disembarkation.
c. Where no notice of loss of and/or damage to Baggage or Property is received by the Company before or at the time of disembarkation, it shall be prima facie evidence that the Commuter has received the Baggage and/or Property in good order and condition and in the same quantity as when it was placed on-board the Vessel and the Company shall not be under any liability whatsoever for any loss of and/or damage to the same.
d. The Loss Report shall be handed to the Company’s terminal office (or the ferry terminal’s appointed baggage handling agent).
14. Time Limits for Actions
a. Any claims arising out of the death or personal injury to a Commuter or for the loss of and/or damage to Baggage or Property shall be time-barred and the Company shall be discharged from all liability whatsoever after a period of three months, such period being calculated as follows:
i. in the case of personal injury, from the date such personal injury occurred or from the date of disembarkation of the Commuter, whichever is later;
ii. in the case of death of a Commuter occurring:
• before the time of disembarkation, from the date on which the Commuter should have disembarked; or
• after disembarkation, resulting from personal injury occurring during carriage, from the date of death, provided that this period shall not exceed three months from the date of disembarkation; or
iii. in the case of loss of and/or damage to Baggage or Property, from the date of disembarkation of the Commuter to whom the Baggage or Property belongs.
b. Subject to Clause 15 below, in no case shall an action or claim in tort be brought after the expiration of a period of three months from the date of disembarkation or from the date on which the Commuter should have disembarked, whichever is later.
15. Jurisdiction and Choice of Law Clause
The courts of Belize shall have the exclusive jurisdiction to hear and adjudicate on any claim brought herein and these provisions shall be governed by and determined in accordance with the laws of Belize.
a. Where the Commuter books or reserves the passage or otherwise deals with the Company through a sales agent, travel agent, tour operator or other intermediary (hereinafter referred to as a “Travel Agent”), the Commuter agrees and acknowledges that: -
i. the Travel Agent acts solely as the Commuter’s agent and is fully authorized to act for and on his behalf in any matter whatsoever including but not limited to entering into a Passage Contract with the Company, collecting any ticket issued by the Company, making, amending or cancelling any reservation, signing any document whatsoever and paying and receiving any funds;
ii. all the terms and conditions herein shall form part of any Passage Contract concluded by the Travel Agent for and on the Commuter’s behalf;
iii. the Company shall not be liable for any act, neglect or default of the Travel Agent;
iv. the Company shall not be liable to refund any monies paid by the Commuter to the Travel Agent for onward transmission to the Company or for other purposes, which the Travel Agent failed to do or to re-issue any ticket, which has already been issued and delivered to the Travel Agent, and
v. in the event the Travel Agent fails to remit to the Company any monies paid to it by the Commuter for whatever reason, the Commuter shall be and will remain liable for the sums due to the Company.
b. The Commuter shall reimburse and fully indemnify the Company and hold the Company harmless against all or any liabilities, losses, claims, damages, costs, expenses and/or delay of whatever nature, sustained or incurred by, or made upon the Company, whether directly or indirectly by reason of the Commuter’s negligence, breach of duty or failure to comply with these terms and conditions.
17. Force Majeure Event
a. The Company shall not be liable for any loss (whether economic, consequential or otherwise), delay, expense, damage (whether direct or indirect) whatsoever arising from the Company’s inability to perform the Passage Contract or any part thereof by reason of the occurrence of a Force Majeure Event.
b. “Force Majeure Event” means any event, occurrence or circumstance reasonably beyond the control of the Company, including but not limited to the following occurrences:
i. acts of God, including but not limited to storms, lightning, rain, hurricane and flood;
ii. strikes, lockout, stoppages or restraint of trade or labour, industrial action or labour difficulties or shortages from whatever cause, whether partial or general and whether or not the Company is party to these events;
iii. explosion, fire, collision, stranding or foundering of the Vessel or breakdown or failure of or damage to the Vessel or her hull, fitting, furnishings, machinery or equipment howsoever and wheresoever arising;
iv. acts of terrorism, civil commotion, riot, insurrection, war, civil war, government restraint or requisition, political disturbance, rebellion, revolution, insurrection, military or usurped power, invasion, act of foreign enemies;
v. acts, restrictions, regulations, bylaws, refusal to grant any licences or permissions, prohibitions or measures of any kind on the part of any governmental authority, or inability to secure supplies including fuel;
vi breakdown, failure or irregular functioning of or damage to any electrical or electronic hardware, equipment, machinery, components, including programmes or software employed by the Company, and
vii. import or export regulations or embargoes.
18. Commuter’s Conduct
a. The Commuter represents and warrants that he will not in any way be a nuisance to other Commuters or persons and/or that his conduct will not in any way cause any inconvenience, endanger or undermine the health, safety or reasonable comfort of any person or persons whether on-board the Vessel or not, or endanger the safety of the Vessel and/or her fittings furnishings, machinery, equipment or any part thereof.
b. In the interest of security and safety at sea and in the public interest, the Commuter agrees and hereby consents to a reasonable search being made of the Commuter’s person and Baggage and Property whether physically, by way of screening, scanning or otherwise and to the confiscation of any item which may, in the opinion of the personnel conducting such screening or search, inconvenience or endanger or undermine the health, safety or reasonable comfort of any person or persons whether on-board or not, or endanger the safety of the Vessel and/or her fittings, furnishings, machinery or equipment or any part thereof. At times, the Belize Police Force conducts random searches.
c. The Company and/or its agents shall be entitled at any time without giving reasons, to refuse passage to any Commuter, who, in the opinion of the Company, is likely to inconvenience or endanger or undermine the health, safety or reasonable comfort of any person or persons whether on-board the Vessel or not or endanger or impair the safety of the Vessel and/or her fittings, furnishings, machinery, equipment or any part thereof, without incurring any liability whatsoever.
19. Fitness of the Commuter to Travel
a. Commuters who are pregnant or have any form of sickness, disease, injury, infirmity, disability or illness, whether mental, physical or otherwise, which could affect their fitness for travel shall:
i. disclose their pregnancy and the stage thereof, sickness, injury, infirmity, disability or illness, as the case may be, to the Company at the time of reservation of passage;
ii. submit to the Company prior to sailing a medical certificate certifying their fitness for travel;
iii. if necessary, be accompanied and assisted by an able bodied person of their choice and costs, who shall be responsible for their health and safety at all times including the period of transit, and
iv. reimburse and fully indemnify the Company and hold the Company harmless against any losses, claims, damage, costs, expenses and or delay, of whatever nature sustained by the Company, whether directly or indirectly, and arising out of or in connection with their pregnancy, sickness, disease, injury, infirmity, disability or illness, as the case may be.
b. Commuters who are more than 26 weeks pregnant are prohibited from traveling on-board the Vessel unless a medical certificate certifying fitness to travel is provided or travel at their own risk.
c. Commuters who require special assistance or special arrangements to be made while on-board the Vessel shall inform the Company at least 72 hours prior to departure. The Company will take all reasonable steps to accommodate the Commuter’s request but the provision of special assistance/arrangements is solely subject to availability and at the Company’s discretion.
d. The Company shall be entitled at any time, without giving reasons, to refuse passage to any Commuter who is pregnant, or has any form of sickness, disease, injury, infirmity, disability or illness, whether mental, physical or otherwise or to cancel any reservation made by or for such Commuter, without any liability whatsoever to such a Commuter.
20. Amendments of Terms and Conditions
The Company may at any time amend these provisions without prior notice to Commuters.
21. Entire Agreement Clause
These provisions are deemed part of the Passage Contract and all prior understandings and agreements heretofore entered into between the Commuter and the Company whether written or oral, is superseded by these provisions, which alone fully and completely express the agreement between the Commuter and the Company.
Each paragraph, sub-paragraph, clause, sub-clause, article, provision contained in these provisions shall be severable and should any such paragraph, subparagraph, clause, sub-clause, article or provision shall be held to be invalid, void, unenforceable or inapplicable, the remaining paragraphs, sub-paragraphs, clauses, sub-clauses, articles and provisions shall nevertheless have full force and effect.