The Validity of the "Yacht Registration Certificate (Transit Log)
This Certificate is valid for one full year on condition that the vessel and the owner/captain stay within Turkish territorial waters throughout the whole period in question.
Transit log expires :
when the yacht leaves the Turkish Customs Zone
change of ownership of yacht
if lost ( has to be reported to the nearest port or customs patrol administration )
Transit log should be renewed before the expiry date. As the duration is one year, it is very common that people forget about it. Be careful even for one day it will result in monetary penalty.
If it is your plan to cruise and stay at remote bays where there are no authorities it will be wise to renew it earlier.
Renewal is simple.
You will only need to visit offices of Cumtoms Patrol and Habour Master. Your present transit log and boat's registry certificate are required. Registry certificate should be the proof of your ownership. If this is not the case ie ; boat is registered to a company and/or your are the captain then relevant documents certifying your usage rights should also be required.
Change of the yachtmaster does not call for the expiration but has to be recorded in the transit log.
Leaving a foreign flagged yacht in Turkey
For the purpose of winter lay up, maintenance and repairs foreign flagged yachts can only be laid up at yacht harbours or boatyards licenced to that effect by the Ministery of Tourism.
These yachts can not be left at sites belonging to unlicenced persons, organizations or foundations and to their responsible representatives.
When a foreign flagged yacht wishes to lay up at a marina or at a boatyard the authorized operator of the marina will inspect the inventory list appended to the transit log ( Yacht Registration Document ) and will take these yachts into the responsibility of the marina management. A report is issued to the Customs and Customs Patrol administration stating that the subject yacht and its inventory has been passed over to the responsibility of the management.
Foreign flagged yachts can stay in customs bond for a maximum period of two years.
Foreign yachts can stay in Turkish Customs Zone for a period of maximum five years.
Be careful : before leaving for home do not forget to deposit your transit log to the marina management.
The completed Turkish Ports Yacht Registration Document has to be kept ready for inspection at all times on board of the yacht. Should this document be lost, the loss has to be reported to the nearest port or customs patrol administration and will be renewed.
For yachts entering the Turkish Customs Zone by any other means than on own keel the procedures for the Yacht Registration Docuent have to be started at the location where the yacht will be launched for the first time.No further document than the Yacht registration Document are required for the temporary import and for the following of yachts entering the Turkish Customs Zone on her own keel.
Compressors on board will not be sealed.
The Yacht Registration Document cannot be duplicated and utilized by fotocopying or other means of duplication.