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General Regulations

• Istanbul and Izmir ports are operated by TDI – Turkish Maritime Organization and some other ports like Dikili, Kusadasi, Marmaris, Antalya, Alanya, Trabzon ports are operated by private companies.

• Sanitary control is affected at Canakkale or at Istanbul according to whether the ship proceeds from the Aegean or Black Sea. If the ship calls at two Turkish ports consecutively, sanitary dues are charged once only at first port of call.

• Turkish Maritime Organization, the state monopoly, now announced a new tariff with discounted port charges applicable as from January 1st 2004 in view of state policy to promote cruise tourism in Turkey.

•At Istanbul, Izmir and Kusadasi ports:

Garbage Disposal: Fee for garbage disposal service is charged on the basis of gross registered tonnage. If garbage disposal service is not required, garbage disposal service fee is not charged, provided that the vessel has a valid record of equipments for the prevention of pollution by garbage from ship. If garbage disposal service is required garbage disposal service fee is charged.

Tugboat: One tugboat is compulsory on arrival and departure. However if ship has a valid certificate of inspection (a certificate proving that ship has bowthrusters & sternthrusters) supported by Captain’s declaration that they are working good then if the tug is used full fee is charged. If the tug stays standby, 50 discount is granted on tugboat fee.

• At ports of Istanbul and Izmir, 50 % overtime increase is applied on pilotage, tugboat, berthing, garbage disposal and oil-sludge disposal fees on Sunday and official holidays.

The port of Canakkale:

• Ship has to anchor.

• Ship can use own tenders but pays the local boat association.

The port of Istanbul:

• The following documents are required 3 days prior arrival to the entrance of the Dardanelles while approaching from Aegean Sea. These documents must be faxed to I.T.S. head office in Istanbul, fax no 90 212 275 18 65 – 66.

- 1 copy of Last Port State Control Inspection report (form A)
- 1 copy of P & I Club Insurance
- 1 copy of I.O.P.P. (International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate)
- 1 copy of SP – 1 report (sample can be sent upon request)
- 1 copy of Certificate of Inspection (a certificate proving that ship has bowthrusters & sternthrusters)
- 1 copy of Captain’s declaration about bowthrusters & sternthrusters that they are working good and in good conditions.

• If the ship’s draft is not available for berthing alongside a pontoon is placed between the pier and the ship. Turkish Maritime Organization charges $ 500,00 / per pontoon / per day

• Garbage is collected by barge from the shore side of the ship.

• Master should contact Traffic control station through Ch. 11, 2 hours or 20 miles prior to arrival Istanbul.

• Master can contact the port pilot through Ch 14 and the agent through Ch 16.

• Pilotage is compulsory for berthing / unberthing.

• Master should slow down the speed, when the ship is approaching to the Haydarpasa break water, agent boat will come through with the port authorities (health officer, police). Landing cards must be filled before the police gets on board to stamp. The landing cards will be delivered after stamped.

• If any visitor will board the ship I.T.S. head office should be notified one day before ship’s arrival. A copy of identity of visitors is required in order to obtain permission from the authorities.

The port of Dikili:

• The ship with LOA 160 m. and draft 8 m. can berth alongside. If the ship goes to anchor, own tenders can be used.

The port of Izmir:

• The port of Izmir is located in the western coast by the Aegean Sea. It is the main port for the Aegean region’s industry and agriculture and it plays a vital function in the country’s exports. Ephesus is 75 km. And Pergamum is 90 km. far to the port.

The port of Kusadasi:

• The port is located close to the city center (5 min. walk into town). Taxis are available on the pier. There are two berths in the port. Serving as the biggest sea gate for tourist travels by sea way, tourist ships enjoy all kinds of services. Especially, during the summer, many cruise ships from different countries call at this port as it is located in the middle of historical sites such as Ephesus, the House of Virgin Mary, Pergamum, Aphrodisias, Didyma, Miletus, Priene etc. where daily sightseeing tours can be arranged. Ephesus is truly one of the magnificent and best restored sites existing in Turkey is 20 km. far from the port. The port has 2 jetties.

The port of Bodrum:

• The ship has to anchor and can use own tenders but pays US $ 1,50 per passenger (as per passenger list) to local boat association.

The port of Kas:

• The ship has to anchor and can use own tenders.

The port of Antalya:

• The port is 15 km. far from city center. Taxis are available. However, upon request, shuttle bus service can be arranged. A full day excursion can be arranged to Perge, Aspendos Theater, Side Antique City and Manavgat Waterfalls. Also, visit to Archeological museum should not be missed.

Navigating in the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus:

• While navigating through the Turkish straits, within the traffic separation lanes, those vessels which have to leave the traffic separation scheme to berth, moor to a buoy, drop anchor, turn back or due to breakdowns, emergency and similar exceptional circumstances shall inform the traffic control station.

• The speed of vessels passing through the straits of Istanbul and Canakkale is 10 knots.

• Vessels navigating in the straits of Istanbul and Canakkale shall not overtake vessels proceeding a head of them unless necessary. Vessels passing through the the straits of Istanbul and Canakkale in same direction shall maintain a distance of at least 8 cables (1600 yards) between each other. Traffic control center may implement a wider distance according to the type of vessel.

• Vessels that sail through the strait of Istanbul in compliance with the traffic separation scheme, shall pay attention to the warning lights of the bridges regarding sailing safety vessels whose air draft is 58 m. and more may not pass through the straits of Istanbul.

• For ships passing in transit through the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus without calling at a port within the Marmara Sea, pilotage is not compulsory. However, for transit passage pilot is highly recommended. For ships proceeding to a port within the Marmara Sea or coming there through the Dardanelles / Bosphorus, pilotage is compulsory.


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