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Turkey: Pollution fines and criminal proceedings 2020

8 January 2020

Pursuant to Article 20 of the Turkish Environmental Code no. 2872 , fines are imposed on vessels for causing pollution in Turkish waters through discharge of petroleum products, dirty ballast, garbage and sewage into the sea. Different from the major increase imposed in December 2018, this is a mere adjustment of the fines for inflation which takes place every year.

Our local correspondents, Omur Marine, have kindly provided us with the attached circular advising the new rates applicable from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020, including practical information on acceptable security and recommended loss prevention measures.

Our local correspondent recommends all members to take immediate contact with them to avoid delay and complications in connection with an alleged pollution incident. Pictures and/or videos may assist in defending the case.

The Association is grateful to Omur Marine for contributing to this update.


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