TURKEY: NEW TRANSIT RULES OFF ISTANBUL

With effect from 28 July 2017 the Turkish Authorities have increased the length of the ‘in transit’ status of ships passing through the Turkish (Istanbul and Dardanelles) Straits. The new rules increase the maximum transit time of ships in this area from 48 hours to 168 hours (7 days). This will allow a longer period to be available for any necessary crew change or maintenance work. However, while in some ways the extra time will be useful to owners, there is an issue over ship arrest. There has been a dispute in the past about whether ships ‘in transit’ could be arrested and the situation remains unclear. With the increase in the amount of permitted ‘in transit’ time, there is therefore a longer period of risk of arrest. Members are recommended to contact local correspondents if they experience any problems.

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