Turkey hikes marine pollution fines
New policy in force as at 1 January 2021
Turkey has sharply increased the fines it levies for ships caught engaging in marine pollution, according to insurance association Standard Club. The Club said in a statement that the Turkish authorities have raised the fines by 9.11 per cent.
These fines imposed on vessels caught discharging petroleum and its derivatives, can reach as high as 661.95 Turkish lira (TL) per tonne ($88.82/mt) for ships less than 1,000 GT. For vessels between 1,000 GT and 5,000 GT, the fine is 827.44 TL – an additional charge of 165.49 TL per GT. For ships over 5,000 GT, 843.98 TL per GT.
The Club added fines imposed by Turkish authorities due to alleged pollution must be paid or security must be put up immediately for the full amount, otherwise the ship may be arrested. The party will have a 25 per cent rebate if the fine is paid within 30 days.
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