According to Esenyel Partners, Lawyers & Consultants, pollution fines for Turkish waters have been amended regarding to Environmental Code with a new law numbered 7410 published in the Official Gazette on 15 June 2022.
Categories of Marine Pollution
- Sewage water;
- Water mixed with detergent;
- Exhaust gas;
- Similar washing waters and solid wastes.
Most important amendment is two-fold fine will be implemented if the marine pollution occured by the vessel in the Special Protected Areas such as Istanbul Strait, Dardanelles Strait and Marmara sea.
Regarding to new law of Environmental Code; fine tariff presented for the Vessels up to 150 GT hereunder:
- Vessels that are up to 18 GT will be fined to TRY 5,000;
- Vessels are between 18 GT and 50 GT will be fined to TRY 10,000;
- Vessels are between 50 GT and 100 GT will be fined to TRY 20,000;
- Vessels are between 100 GT and 150 GT will be fined to TRY 30,000.
In addition to vessels, shipyards, terminals, ports, ship recycling facilities, marinas and other shore facilities will be fined to TRY 25,000 if they do not report the incident to the Authorities which occurred in their premises.
Same above facilities which do not take any precautions to prevent the pollution, can be fined to between TRY 25,000 – TRY 100,000.
IMO 2022 Sulphur Cap
Authorities integrated pollution fines for the vessels which is not comply with the IMO 2022 Sulphur Cap. The new fine tariff is the following:
- TRY 200 per GT Up to 1,000 GT;
- An additional TRY 25 per GT Between 1,000 and 5,000 GT;
- An additional TRY 5 per GT Over 5,000 GT.