Terms and Conditions


This privacy statement covers the Navy Command Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) website at www.ukmto.org and vessel movement information sent to  [email protected], including such information passed to the Watchkeeper's during routing or emergency calls as part of the Royal Navy response to piracy or criminal activity at sea.

Privacy Policy

1. The purpose of this statement is to explain how we use personal information that we may obtain about you when you register your details with us on this website, email us or call us.
Use of your Personal Information.
2. When you register you will be asked to provide certain information such as your contact details. We will store this data and hold it on computers or otherwise. We will use this data to fulfil our agreement with you and is solely for safety or security proposes.

Disclosure of Your Information

3. We will not pass individual information to other organisations other than security coalition partners or the Maritime Rescue co-ordination Centre responsible for you area. We may share your information only with our authorised third party suppliers who must act at all times on our instructions as the Data Controller under the Data Protection Act 2018.
4. You have the right to see personal data (as defined in the Data Protection Act) that we keep about you, upon receipt of a written request and we may need to charge a small fee to recover the cost of extracting the data. If you are concerned that any of the information we hold on you is incorrect please contact us.

Comments and feedback

5. We welcome your input on all aspects of the site. If you have any comments, feedback or complaints, please use the Contact Us link provided. You may not receive a personal reply but your comments will be read. Please note that this form cannot be used to contact ships or units, or naval personnel.

Terms and Conditions

6. This page (taken with the pages it refers to) tells you the terms of use which you agree to when you use www.ukmto.org. Please read these conditions carefully before using this website.
7. This page was last updated 15/10/2018.

Using www.ukmto.org

8. www.ukmto.org is maintained for your personal use.
9. You agree to use this site only for lawful purposes, and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of, this site by any third party.
10. We aim to update our site regularly, and may change the content at any time.
11. By using this site, you indicate that you accept these terms of use and that you agree to abide by them. If you do not agree to these terms of use, please refrain from using our site.

Electronic communications

12. When you visit www.ukmto.org, send e-mails to us or call us by telephone, you are communicating with us electronically.
13. We may communicate with you by e-mail, telephone or by posting notices on the website.
14. For contractual purposes, you consent to receive communications from us electronically and you agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing. This condition does not affect your statutory rights.
15. All Navy Command Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) internet mail servers are configured to prevent their use as open mail relays, and any attempt by non-authorised personnel to use such servers will be treated as misuse. Any suspected abusive email from a genuine or forged Navy Command Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) address should be reported to the Navy Command Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) web editors.
16. The practice of sending unsolicited bulk mail ("spam") or e-mail floods ("mailbombing") to Navy Command Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) addressees may be considered as an attempt to cause a denial of service, and as such will be considered as a serious security matter that may therefore be pursued with the postmaster of the originating address.

Linking to and from www.ukmto.org

17. We welcome and encourage other websites to link to the information that is hosted on these pages, and you don’t have to ask permission to link to www.ukmto.org
18. However, we don’t give you permission to suggest that your website is associated with, or endorsed by www.ukmto.org
19. Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, and accept no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

Using www.ukmto.org content

20. www.ukmto.org is published under the Open Government Licence, and you can reproduce information from the site as long as you obey the terms of that licence.
21. The material featured on this website is subject to copyright protection unless otherwise indicated.
22. In addition, we make much of our information available through feeds to third parties for use on websites or other applications. Please be aware, however, that these are not our products. These applications may use versions of our information and guidance that has been edited or cached. The most up-to-date version of our information will always be that available on the www.ukmto.org website.
23. We don’t provide any guarantees conditions or warranties as to the accuracy of any such third party products and do not accept liability for loss or damage incurred by users of such third party products under any circumstances.

Trademarks and Designs

24. Navy Command Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA), UKMTO and Royal Navy logo and other marks indicated on our website are trademarks, registered trademarks, designs, or registered designs of the Secretary of State for Defence, in the European Union and/or other jurisdictions.
25. The Ministry of Defence's graphics, logos, page headers, button icons, scripts and service names are the trademarks or trade dress of the Secretary of State for Defence.
26. The Secretary of State for Defence's trademarks, designs and trade dress may not be used in connection with any product or service that is not the Ministry of Defence's, in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among customers, or in any manner that disparages or discredits the Secretary of State for Defence, the Ministry of Defence or its component parts.
27. All other trademarks not owned by the Secretary of State for Defence that appear on this website are the property of their respective owners, who may or may not be affiliated with, connected to, or sponsored by the Ministry of Defence.


28. While we make every effort to keep www.ukmto.org up to date, we don’t provide any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to the accuracy of the information on the site.
29. We don’t accept liability for loss or damage incurred by users of the website, whether direct, indirect or consequential, whether caused by tort, breach of contract or otherwise. This includes loss of:

a. income or revenue
b. business
c. profits or contracts
d. anticipated savings
e. data
f. goodwill
g. tangible property
h. wasted management or office time in connection with our site or in connection with the use, inability to use, or results of the use of our site, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it. This condition shall not prevent claims for loss of or damage to your tangible property or any other claims for direct financial loss that are not excluded by any of the categories set out above.

30. This does not affect our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, nor our liability for fraudulent misrepresentation or misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.
Information about you and your visits to www.ukmto.org
31. We process information about you in accordance with our privacy policy. By using our site, you consent to such processing and you warrant that all data provided by you is accurate.

Virus protection

32. We make every effort to check and test material at all stages of production, however you must take your own precautions to ensure that the process which you employ for accessing this website does not expose you to the risk of viruses, malicious computer code or other forms of interference which may damage your own computer system.
33. We can’t accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur whilst using material derived from this website.

Viruses, hacking and other offences

34. You must not misuse our site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful.
35. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our site, the server on which our site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our site.
36. You must not attack our site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack.
37. By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them.

Governing law

38. These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. Any dispute arising under these terms and conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.


39. We accept no liability for any failure to comply with these terms and conditions where such failure is due to circumstance beyond our reasonable control.
40. If we waive any rights available to us under these terms and conditions on one occasion, this does not means that those rights will automatically be waived on any other occasion.
41. If any of these terms and conditions is held to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal for any reason, the remaining terms and conditions shall nevertheless continue in full force.
42. Revisions to these terms
43. We may at any time revise these terms and conditions without notice. Please check these terms and conditions regularly, as continued use of the www.ukmto.org website after a change has been made is your acceptance of the change.

Our Details

44. If you have a query about any of the above please write to the address below or use the form on the Contact Us page.

Maritime Domain Awareness
Naval Command Headquarters
Whale Island



45. When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.
46. We use cookies to improve your experience of our website. Here’s what they help us do:
47. Recognise your device so you don't have to repeatedly give the same information, like when you’re filling in forms
48. Recognise that you may have already given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every requested web page
49. Measure how many people are using different parts of the site, so we can make them easier to use and ensure there’s enough capacity to make them fast
50. Analyse anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with government services so we can make them better

What are cookies?

51. Cookies are tiny text files that websites save to your computer or device. The cookies used by our website do not contain any of your personal information, and we can't use them to find out who you are.
52. A cookie often includes a randomly generated number that’s stored on your device. Many cookies are automatically deleted after you finish using the website.

What cookies do we use?

Strictly necessary cookies

The following cookies are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the website and use essential features. These cookies don’t collect any information that is used to identify you personally. Accepting these cookies is a condition of using this website. If you prevent these cookies, we may be unable to protect your privacy or predict how our website will perform during your visit.





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When you close your browser


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Performance cookies

The following cookies collect information about how you use this website and help us improve performance and provide a better user experience. Cookies of this type collect information about the pages you visit, which videos you watch and if you experience any errors.





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Functionality cookies

The following cookies are used to provide services and enhance the functionality of the website by storing information about the choices you’ve made. These cookies don’t collect any personal information that could be used for direct marketing or to identify you personally.

You can use the cookie settings page to control whether or not functionality cookies are used, but preventing them may mean we can't offer you some services or reduce the support we can provide.






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When you close your browser


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How we use cookies

53. The way we use cookies is the same as all MSAC websites. They are used to:
a. Improve users’ experience of MSAC websites
b. Measure website performance so we can show value for money in the delivery of information and services
c. Support users’ sharing of information through social media
d. Measure the effectiveness of safety and security campaigns that we have endorsed
Changing your browser settings

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