From 1st January 2005 the level of fines imposed by the Ministry of the Environment in Turkey for pollution are:
a). Dirty ballast discharged by tankers up to and including 1,000 GRT – Turkish Lire 16,229.00 (approx US$12,145.00) and dirty ballast discharged from tankers between 1,000-5,000 (inclusive) GRT – Turkish Lire 32,457.00 (approx US$24,289.00). Dirty ballast discharged by tankers over 5,000 GRT – Turkish Lire 162,286.00 (approx US$121,444.00).
b). Any pollutant in liquid or solid form discharged from any ship including tankers and dirty ballast from ships other than tankers:
1. Up to 18 GRT – Turkish Lire 938.00 (approx US$702.00)
2. From 18 GRT (inclusive) and 1,000 GRT (inclusive) – Turkish Lire 16,229.00 (approx US$12.145,00).
3. Above 1,000 GRT – Turkish Lire 32,457.00 (approx US$24,289.00).
Approx US dollar equivalence based on currency exchange rate 03 January 2005
(1, 00 USD = 1, 3363 YTL).
Article 23 - In case of reoccurrence of the acts stated in the articles 20,21,22 ( of the Turkish Environment Code No: 2872) penalties are charged one time more the original penalty for these acts.
Although there is no time limitation stated in the article and/or any other form of Laws/regulations, the Authority in practice applies a 5 year period for repeated pollution offences.
Source of information:
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