Waiting time in Turkish ports has been increased to 168 hours
The allowed waiting time of vessels and marine vehicles arriving at the Turkish ports has been increased to 168 hours from 48 hours.
The Regulation on the Amendment of the Port Regulations of the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications was published in the Official Gazette and entered into force. According to amendment, commercial ships and marine vehicles that will travel beyond the administrative area of the port will use a "Port Departure Certificate" which will be determined by the Administration and which contains information such as the ship's name, captain's name, country / port of departure, type, flag, IMO number, call sign.
All vessels and marine vehicles except for the vessels in the local traffic that are working within the port administrative borders and other vessels and marine vehicles allowed by the harbor authority will follow the traffic separation scheme.
Vessels who have to leave the traffic separation scheme for technical reasons for reasons of safety will inform the relevant Vessel Traffic Services Center or port authority. In the case of a non-stopover passage and in the case of waiting for a voyage, a faulty spare part or technician's office, refugeeing due to bad weather conditions, personnel exchanges and excused cases accepted by the port authority, information about the ship and marine vehicles will provided in advance to the port authority or to the Vessel Traffic Services Center or pilotage organization, and then, without an anchorage ordino, the ship in case will be able to anchor in the port administrative area, to the area determined by the port headquarters.
If this notification is made to the Ship Traffic Services Center or the pilotage organization, the receiving person will immediately inform the port authority. Vessels and marine vehicles anchored by this procedure will receive an anchor ordinance only if the anchorage time exceeding 168 hours.
The same allowed time period was 48 hours in the previous period. For vessels subject to customs inspection, "Permission for Services to Vessels Subject to Customs Inspection" issued by the port authority and determined by the Administration shall be issued. According to the provisions of the Port Authority, service boats that do not receive permits will not be able to operate on the port administrative area.
On the other hand, the administrative borders of the port presidencies have also been reorganized.