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.
Amendment to Environmental Law 262 KB
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