All foreign flagged ships entering Turkish waters must purchase
a Transit Log which is basically a permit
to sail in Turkish waters. Governmental procedures such as the purchase
and renewal of Transit Logs
vary from place to place. As Istanbul
is the largest centre it is more complex than other harbours where the different offices can often be walked to from a moorage area. This is certainly not the case with Istanbul
We have documented the procedures with text and photographs for locating a mooring
that is approved for the purpose of Transit Log registration
, purchase of the Transit Log and the required signatures and stamps to activate the Transit Log.
These procedures seem to change slowly year by year and we have documented the initial registration
of the Transit Log as it was administered in 2013 as well as the renewal of the Transit Log as it was administered in 2014.
For boats coming down the Danube River into the Black Sea, Istanbul is the first and closest port of entry, the next closest being Ereğli which is 100 nautical miles to the east of the Bosphorus.
The procedure for getting a Transit Log upon entering the country is located at:
New Transit Log 2013
and the slightly different procedure for renewing the Transit Log after the first year is located at:
Transit Log Renewal 2014