Turkey – Pollution Fines and Guidelines Revised for 2021

5 January 2021

Members should note that the levels of pollution fines to be imposed on vessels for causing pollution in Turkish waters through discharge of petroleum products, dirty ballast, garbage and sewage into the sea have been updated for 2021. The new rates are in some cases 50% higher than previous levels, but are reportedly mostly adjustments for inflation. The rates are applicable as of 1 January 2021.

A summary of the categories of fines and their levels, together with local advice and recommendations of Turkish Lawyers, Ersoy Bilgehan, can be accessed by clicking here.

Our News Alert of 11 January 2019 sets out various recommendations/guidance to Members to avoid a significant pollution fine and can be accessed by clicking here.