• As per Maritime traffic regulations in
the Turkish Straits masters should send a Sailing
plan 1 (SP 1) to I.T.S. head office in Istanbul,
fax no: 90 212 275 18 65 – 66, 48 hours prior to
arrival to Mehmetcik if proceeding from Aegean
Sea, or Gallipoli if proceeding from Marmara Sea.
Sample is enclosed.
• Masters should inform the name, flag, call
sign, report position, approprite time of arrival
to the entrance of the strait, whether they request
pilot, whether the vessel has navigating difficulity
and other related information, through VHF, 2
hrs before arriving at the entrance of the strait,
or when at a distance of 20nm. From the entrance
of the strait, whichever comes first. Likewise,
vessels departing from the harbours of Istanbul
and Canakkale shall submit sailing plan to the
traffic control center / stations 2 hrs. before
departure in written format or by means of VHF.
• 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
• 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 state 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 starits of Istanbul.
• 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
• 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.