Note that ships, through their agent, must obtain permission from the Vessel Traffic Service Centers and will remain under the surveillance of the concerned authorities without taking ‘free pratique’. Administration has the right to shorten that period if it is deemed necessary.
Ships wanting to take advantage of this new rule are advised to inform their local agents as early as possible of their expected time of transit as there may be delays due to the implementation of the new rule.
To assist members planning their voyage to Turkish Straits, please go to general information for Turkey for guidance.
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Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) publish regular Bunker Alerts based entirely on fuel samples and have kindly permitted BIMCO’s Members to access this information.
The Bunker Alerts are not intended to be an evaluation of overall bunker quality in the port or area concerned, but usually highlight a specific parameter within the fuel which has raised a quality issue.
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