Turkey: Amendment to Environmental Law for Marine Pollution Incidents
The Club's Correspondent, Vitsan, has issued a Circular to advise Members of amendments and new provisions in the Turkish Environmental Law for Marine Pollution Incidents, published in the Official Gazette on 15 June 2022. In brief;
- The list of Category 4 pollutants, previously garbage and sewage discharge from the vessel, has been expanded to include below:
- Domestic wastewater
- Water with detergent
- Scrubber system washing waters
- Similar washing waters and solid wastes etc.
- New higher fines levels have been introduced for smaller vessels in respect of Category 4 pollution incidents.
- Fines have also been introduced for use of fuels with sulphur content exceeding IMO designated limits.
- If a marine pollution occurs within the "Special Environmental Protection Area" defined as The Marmara Sea (including the Istanbul Strait, Canakkale Strait and Izmit Bay), the amount of fines will be doubled.
- Terminals and Shore facilities will also be subjected to fines for failure to report pollution incidents.
Members are recommended to download Vitsan's Circular below for additional details.