News 07 Jan, 2020

Turkey - Pollution Fine Circular 2020

In Turkish waters, environmental protection is developing and significant fines are applicable to vessels that violate Turkish anti-pollution regulations. As per the latest amendments brought into effect in January 2020, there is a significant increase in the amount of the fines that are being applied by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) against the offending vessels.

Details of the fines now applicable after two increases in the space of a month are set out in a circular from Metropole which can be found here. Once again, the level of fines for legal entities is higher than those against persons so shipowners will be exposed to the highest levels of fine in Turkey.

Members requiring further guidance should contact the Loss Prevention department.