Further to recent information regarding a significant increase in pollution fines in Turkey, correspondent Metropole Maritime has advised that the level of fines has been increased yet again, by 23.73% over and above the increases already levied in December 2018.

Details of the fines now applicable after two increases in the space of two months are listed below.

Once again, the level of fines for legal entities is three times higher than those against persons, leaving shipowners potentially exposed to the highest levels of fine in turkey.

1) Pollution from petroleum tankers and derivatives for real persons (raw petroleum, fuel oil, bilge, oil mud, refined product oil waste etc).

December 2018 January 2019
Up to 1000 (inclusive) Gross Ton 400.00 TL / per Ton 494.92 TL / per Ton
Between 1000-5000 (inclusive) Gross Ton Additional 100.00 TL / per Ton Additional 123.73 TL / per Ton
Over 5000 Gross Tons Additional 10.00 TL / per Ton Additional 12.37 TL / per Ton

 
2) Dirty ballast discharged to sea by tankers for real persons.

December 2018 January 2019
Up to 1000 (inclusive) Gross Tons 72.88 TL / per Ton 90.17 TL / per Ton
Between 1000-5000 (inclusive) Gross Tons Additional 14.54 TL / per Ton Additional 17.99 TL / per Ton
Over 5000 Gross Tons Additional 2.32 TL / per Ton Additional 2.87 TL / per Ton

 
3) Pollution from ships and other sea vehicles that release petroleum/petroleum derivatives for real persons (Bilge, oil mud, freight mud, fuel oil, oil waste or dirty ballast).

December 2018 January 2019
Up to 1000 (inclusive) Gross Tons 200.00 TL / per Ton 247.46 TL / per Ton
Between 1000-5000 (inclusive) Gross Tons Additional 40.00 TL / per Ton Additional 49.49 TL / per Ton
Over 5000 Gross Tons Additional 10.00 TL / per Ton Additional 12.37 TL / per Ton

 
4) Garbage and sewage discharged to sea by ships or any other sea vehicles for real persons.

December 2018 January 2019
Up to 1000 (inclusive) Gross Tons 100.00 TL / per Ton 123.73 TL / per Ton
Between 1000-5000 (inclusive) Gross Tons Additional 20.00 TL / per Ton Additional 24.75 TL / per Ton
Over 5000 Gross Tons Additional 10.00 TL / per Ton Additional 12.37 TL / per Ton

 
The rates above are applicable for real persons and they will be multiplied by three to reach the fine amounts for the legal entities (i.e. ship owners, disponent owners).

Recommendations and guidelines:

  1. De-ballasting operations should be avoided unless the ballast water has been checked and confirmed to be clean.
  2. All overboard discharge valves should be closed and secured/sealed in closed position.
  3. All deck scuppers should be plugged and any gaps in the fish plate surrounding the deck should be closed.
  4. Hose test of hatch covers, hydrostatic test of deck pipes/hoses or other equipment should not be performed.
  5. Washing of decks and superstructure should be avoided.
  6. Treated water from the sewage system and grey water should be transferred to a holding tank and should not be discharged until the vessel is outside Turkish waters.
  7. Cargo residues, cargo space cleaning residues, all garbage and other substances should not be disposed of in Turkish waters.
  8. The vessel’s hull should not be scrapped, chipped or painted while alongside the pier or at anchor.
  9. While the vessel is at the shipyard or in dry dock, even if the pollution is caused by the negligence of the shipyard, its employees or agents, the ship may be held vicariously liable for the pollution fine. Therefore, the crew members should exercise care and they should immediately protest in writing to the shipyard where they believe pollution took place.