New regulation for yacht owners in Turkey (28 October 2013)

Blue Card scheme rolled out to all Turkish waters

The Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation has announced that its ‘Blue Card Scheme’ – an environmental program to protect the sea against pollution which was piloted along the coast of the Mugla district from 200 – is to be rolled out along the rest of the country’s coastline.

Under the scheme waste water may not be discharged to the sea, even if over three miles from shore, but must be collected in Grey water tanks, and toilet waste in Black water tanks. Waste tanks must be discharged at shore-based pump out stations.

Now all yachts must have a ‘Blue card’ – a smart card obtainable from marinas or from harbour master’s offices, that records boat and crew details – before the deadline of December 31, 2014 or face a hefty fine. The penalty for the boat owners with no blue card will be TL 10.400 (USD 5200)

Currently there are 37 waste taking points and 7 waste taking ships exist in Mugla in the south of the country. 16 waste taking points exist in Antalya. Last year 150.000 cubic meters waste was gathered in Mugla and 20.000 cubic meters was gathered in Antalya. (, 28 October 2013)

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