According to the local regulations and practice VTSC do not allow vessels having technical defect/difficulty/failure/breakdown/etc passing thru Turkish Straits. VTSC requires the technical failure to be repaired, Class report about her seaworthiness and Port State Control to be conducted on board before entering the straits. As the result, we expect delay on those vessels. Please contact and liaise with agent immediately for further details in case of any technical failure, to avoid any further complicated issues. PSC is free of charge for the first visit only, and in case any further visit to the vessel required Authorities charges for each call based on official tariff.
As per local practice and regulations VTSC is authorized to order tugboat assistance/towage service, pilots (On ships account) in case of any technical failure, collusion, grounding, accident etc during the passage thru Turkish Straits.
If Vessel fails within the navigational area VTSC allows maximum 2 hours to recover the failure by the ship, otherwise may order towage service. In case of collusion or grounding, immediate diver’s technical report required. Towage and Salvage is under the monopoly of Turkish State Salvage Company which applies TOF (Turkish Open Forms). All the masters are obligated to inform VTSC in case emergency immediately, and since different procedures are applied based on the location of the incidents, local agent to be contacted immediately for further procedures.