Turkey sets tighter regulations for Bosporus passage

Oct 10, 2002 02:00 AM

Cargo ships between 200-250 meters in length are not allowed to pass through Canakkale or Bosporus Straits at night. Also ships that are an insurance or pollution risk are banned from entering the Bosporus.
Director of Canakkale Maritime Undersecretariat Alparslan Kaya stated that some changes were made at "the regulation of Turkish Bosporus ship traffic order".

According to this regulation, the passage of ships that contain dangerous cargo can only travel during daylight hours. Canakkale and the Bosporus have been saved from sea pollution and maritime accidents.
Kaya reported that the passage of large ships and ships carrying dangerous cargo through the Bosporus will not be allowed unless they give a copy of their international risk insurance policy to the unit directing ship traffic. According to the regulation, an International Environment Security Certificate will be required to indemnify the harm that accidents cause. As a result ships that do not possess an insurance policy and certificates of environmental security will not be allowed to pass through the Bosporus.

Source: Turkish Daily News
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