Turkey increased fines for marine pollution by ships
Since 1 January 2021 Turkey has increased fines for marine pollution by 9.11% Offshore Energy informs.
Fines reportedly relate to pollution caused by cargo ships and other naval vessels dumping oil and petroleum products, solid waste or domestic waste water or dirty ballast. They can reach $90 per ton.
In addition, fines would be doubled in the case of a repeat offence within three years and tripled for subsequent violations committed by the same vessel within three years.
The authorities must immediately report the incident to the Turkish Public Prosecutor. He initiates criminal proceedings, which are usually followed by criminal proceedings against the master of the ship. The proceedings may continue even if a fine is paid. The investigators may also detain the vessel.
It should be noted that shipowners have the right to appeal to the Administrative Court within 30 calendar days from the date of notification of the fine.