Turkey Updates Marine Pollution Fines for 2020

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Environmental pollution caused by oil spill from the ship.

Pursuant to Article 20 of the Turkish Environmental Code no. 2872, fines are imposed on vessels for causing pollution in Turkish waters through discharge of petroleum products, dirty ballast, garbage and sewage into the sea, reports North.

The tariff below contains the updated rates for the year 2020 that are applicable as of 1 January 2020.

1. Petrol and petroleum products discharged by tankers:

Up to 1,000 (inclusive) gross tons (GT) TRY 606.67 per GT (up from TRY 494.92 per GT)
Between 1,000 and 5,000 (inclusive) GT An additional TRY 151.67 per GT (up from TRY 123.73 per GT)
Over 5,000 GT An additional TRY 15.16 per GT (up from TRY 12.37 per GT)

2. Dirty ballast discharged by tankers:

Up to 1,000 (inclusive) GT TRY 110.53 per GT (up from TRY 90.17 per GT)
Between 1,000 and 5,000 (inclusive) GT An additional TRY 22.05 (up from TRY 17.99 per GT)
Over 5,000 GT An additional TRY 3.51 per GT (up from TRY 2.87 per GT

3. Petrol/petroleum products and dirty ballast discharged by vessels or any other marine vehicles:

Up to 1,000 (inclusive) GT TRY 303.34 per GT (up from TRY 247.46 per GT)
Between 1,000 and 5,000 (inclusive) GT An additional TRY 60.67 per GT (up from TRY 49.49 per GT)
Over 5,000 GT An additional TRY 15.16 per GT (up from TRY 12.37 per GT

4. Garbage and sewage discharged by vessels or any other marine vehicles:

Up to 1,000 (inclusive) GT TRY 151.67 per GT (up from TRY 123.73 per GT)
Between 1,000 and 5,000 (inclusive) GT An additional TRY 30.34 per GT (up from TRY 24.75 per GT)
Over 5,000 GT An additional TRY 15.16 per GT (up from TRY 12.37 per GT)

Correspondents Omur Marine have further advised:

  • If the vessel belongs to a corporate entity; shipping company/organisation the fine calculation will be three times the stated amount.
  • If the vessel has more than one pollution incident within three years the fines will be doubled for the recurrence of the action and will be tripled on subsequent recurrences that are caused by the same offender within three years.
  • After pollution has occurred, the total fine will be reduced by a third, provided the vessel causing the pollution took appropriate action during the pollution removal process.
  • If the fine is paid immediately (before the vessel’s sailing / within 30 days) a 25% reduction will be applied.
  • Shipowners are entitled to appeal the fine by applying to the Administrative Court within 30 days from the notice date of the fine. Paying the fine is not an admission of liability and the option to appeal remains open to the shipowner.

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Source: North

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