A potential misdeclaration could be treated as an act of smuggling and could have criminal consequences.
According to the Standard Club, this could lead to:
- Confiscation of the excess/undeclared fuel
- Investigation for smuggling against the master and chief engineer
- Arrest/imprisonment of the master and chief engineer during the ship’s next call in Turkey
There is no risk against the shipowner or the ship itself.
Ships should be extra cautious when measuring the fuel on board for declaration purposes, especially when calling Turkish ports.