This requirement will apply to all ships that will cross the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles with a cargo of oil products.
ANKARA, February 2. /TASS/. From February 6 this year, the General Directorate of Maritime Affairs of Turkey will check the availability of a certificate of P&I insurance (Protection and Indemnity Insurance) from the crews of all tankers with oil products crossing its straits. This was reported by Reuters on Thursday, citing the agency’s decision.
This requirement will apply to all ships that will cross the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles with a cargo of oil products. It currently only applies to crude oil tankers.
TASS turned to the department for clarification, but the answer has not yet come.
Turkey introduced on December 1 last year an additional requirement for crude oil tankers to pass through the straits – a letter confirming the provision of P&I insurance. It is necessary in order to cover liability in cases such as damage to third parties, the environment or cargo, as well as fines and related penalties during operation. As a result, the Turkish authorities require that the SP-1 report be accompanied by a letter from the insurance company detailing the ship, cargo and voyage and that the P&I insurance will be valid and complete for that ship, voyage and cargo. .
On November 29 last year, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Alexander Poshivai announced that Turkey would recognize the insurance certificate of Russian companies for maritime transport.