The Cruising Asscociation says grey water is also now banned from Turkish waters

A new law just introduced in Turkey could mean thousands of sailors are

at risk of being fined more than £700, the Cruising Association (CA) has

revealed.

The Turkish government demands that everyone using their

waters must carry an Amateur Seaman’s Certificate which is issued after

an examination of more than 50 questions about sailing, weather, safety,

technical issues, marine communication, law and international

regulations.

But if the skipper of a leisure craft, sailing or motor,

carries an ICC – the International Certficate of Competence, they do

not need the Amateur Seaman’s Certificate.

A Government officer based

at Didim marina in Turkey, Batur Kumbaki, said the penalty for not

having the ASC was $1,000 and it applied to everyone using Turkish

waters, including those chartering boats on holiday.

The ICC, which was

only introduced in 1998, would be acceptable instead of the ASC.

Many

British boat owners already sailing there, who might not have the ICC

as they have been sailing for many years and do not know about the new

laws, could face immediate fines and have their boats impounded.

Grey water now banned from Turkish waters

Sailors venturing into Turkish waters now face immediate fines and the threat of their boats being impounded if they do not have grey water holding tanks.

While many countries have already introduced laws relating to black water holding tanks, so that no sewage is discharged into the sea, the Turkish government has gone one step further and bans all washing-up, shower and deck cleaning water from their waters.

The CA was asked by members to clarify the law after rumours had been circulating for more than a year about grey water.

Batur Kumbaki, a Turkish government officer based at Didim Marina in Turkey, said anyone seen to discharge black or grey water from their boats would face a fine of around $1,000 and their boats could be impounded.

A spokeswoman for the marina said the law had been in force for more than a year but it was only this year that sailors were beginning to take notice. She said spotter planes had been used to look for anyone discharging their tanks at sea.