TURKEY: Pollution fines for 2021

December 2020

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Club correspondents Ersoy Bilgehan of Istanbul have updated the Club with news of the annual increase in rates for pollution fines with a tariff showing the updated rates for the year 2021, applicable as of 1 January 2021. Fines can be imposed for discharge of petrol/petroleum products, dirty ballast, garbage and sewage.

In certain circumstances, the Turkish authorities may impose fines ten times the severity of the fines listed in the tariff.

Ersoy Bilgehan report that the fines issued by the authorities due to an alleged pollution must be paid or sufficient and suitable security must be put up immediately and in full. Otherwise the vessel is likely to be arrested. If the fine is paid within 30 days, a 1/4 discount becomes applicable.

In addition to the administrative pollution fines set out in the tariff, the Harbour Master may also impose a fine of up to TRY 5,000,000 for pollution caused by a vessel navigating in Turkish territorial waters in circumstances that require emergency intervention due to collisions, breakdown, fires, explosions or similar incidents.

Further information can be found in this article by Ersoy Bilgehan