In an urgent alert to American P&I Club members, the managers, following advice from their correspondent in Turkey, Vitsan A.S., Istanbul, recommend that shipowners and their masters take all possible steps not to cause any pollution by leakage/spillage of any kind of materials (ie, paint, oil, bilges, clean and dirty ballast, all kinds of residue, garbage, dirty water, sewage, water, laundry water with detergent, lavatory soap water, shower water, dust, rust etc.) during ship visits to Turkey.
The very stiff fines, calculated on a per gross ton basis, apply to petroleum and its derivatives discharged into the sea by tankers, also the discharge of dirty ballast; petroleum derivatives or dirty ballast discharged by ships or other seagoing vessels; and solid wastes or domestic waste waters discharged by tankers, ships or other seagoing vessels.
Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc., the managers, note that if a fine is paid prior to the vessel’s sailing or within a maximum of 30 days’ notification of the Administrative Sanction Decree, the owner may be granted a 25% reduction of the total fine amount.
NOTE: The American Club was founded in February 1917. In addition to its US headquarters in New York, the club is able to provide local service across all time zones, communicating in 11 languages, with subsidiary offices in London, Piraeus and Shanghai and a worldwide network of correspondents.