BOSPHORUS: ”The port of Istanbul is the sea area (including the Golden Horn) between the lines that join Turkeli Feneri and Anadoul Feneri in the North, Bababurnu and Yelkenkaya Feneri in the South”.According to New Maritime Traffic Regulations For The Turkish Straits and the Marmara Sea, Masters/Owners/Agents of the vessels must comply with the following rules when proceeding through the Straits and the Marmara Sea to ensure safety of life and property.VOYAGE / SAILING PLAN
Masters or Owners or Chatterers of the vessels which are 500 gross tons or more, 24 hours before the mouth of the Strait of Istanbul or the Strait of Canakkale, must give Sailing Plan 1 (SP-1) to Traffic Control Center thru their agents and masters of vessels must give Sailing Plan 2 (SP-2) by VHF Channel 16 or 71, directly to the Traffic Control Center, two hours before arriving at the mouth of the Strait or at a distance of 20 nm from the mouth of the Strait , whichever comes first.NAME OF REPORT: SAILING PLAN 1 (SP-1)
A) Ship’s Name, Call Sign, Flag
B) Date and Time
C) Position (Reporting Position)
F) Sea Speed – Maximum Continuous Maneuvering Speed
G) Port of Departure
H) Date, Time and Point of Entry Into Traffic Separation Scheme
I) Port of Destination
J) Request Pilot (Yes/No) – Strait of Istanbul; Sea of Marmara; Strait of
Canakkale
O) Forward and Aft Draught (Meter) – Max. Air Draught (Meter)
P) Type of Cargo
Q) Defect/Damage/Deficiencies/Other Limitations
R) Description of Dangerous, Nuclear and Pollution Goods.
T) Ship’s Type/Size; Length Overall, GRT; Present Displacement
X) Any Other Information

NAME OF REPORT: SAILING PLAN 2 (SP-2)
A) Ship’s name, call sign, flag
D) Position (bearing-distance)
H) Date, time and point of entry into traffic separation scheme
J) Request pilot (yes/no) Strait of Istanbul, Sea of Marmara, Strait
of Canakkale
Q) Defect/damage/deficiencies/other limitations
X) Any other information
Note: Reference points in the position of the Article D
** Turkeli Light
** Ahirkapi Light
** Gelibolu Light
** Mehmetcik Light

PILOT LADDER: will be prepared on vessel’s starboardside. If your vessel’s freeboard exceeds more than 5 meters, please prepare a combination ladder.
ANCHORAGE: When traffic in the Straits has to be temporarily suspended, vessels will wait the opening of the Strait of Istanbul to ship traffic, in the Kilyos anchorage area on the Black Sea side, and in the Ahirkapi – Yesilkoy anchorage area in the Sea of Marmara. Also some of vessel drifting at drifting areas. ships should keep close contact with control stations for further instructions and information.
PILOTAGE Turkish vessels 150 meters or more in length passing through the Straits shall take a pilot. Pilots are allowed toboard vessels coming from the Black Sea at Rumeli Kavagi before the vessel has been granted pratique at Buyukdere. It is strongly recommended that pilots be used during navigation through the Straits so as to minimize the risk of accidents as much as possible. Pilotage is not compulsory for transit vessels but recommended by the local authorities fr the convenience of the masters to comply with the new maritime traffic.
Vessels not taking pilot, may be exposed to wait turn at  anchorage before entrance to the straits since vessels
taken pilot has more chance to enter the strait upon arrival. Vessels requiring a pilot must hoist G flag and give the signal by whistle or by Morse code at night. Vessels 150 m or more in length r strongly recommended to take a pilot for safety purposes.
PILOTAGE SERVICES IN THE STRAIT OF ISTANBUL: North of the Strait of Istanbul (on the Black sea side) pilot embarkation place: Pilot embarkation is carried out between the positions Lat. 41 deg. 12′.30 N; Long. 29 deg. 06′.70 E and Lat. 41 deg. 15′ 15N; Long 29 deg. 07′.94 E on the Line of Southern traffic direction, subject to weather conditions.North of the Strait of Istanbul (on the Black sea side) pilot disembarkation place: Pilot disembarkation is carried out on a line of 3 NM distance drawn from the position Lat. 41 deg. 12′.20 N; Long. 29 deg. 07′.00 E to the direction 040 deg., subject to weather conditions.

South of the Strait of Istanbul (on the Marmara sea side) pilot embarkation place: Pilot embarkation is carried out on a line of 3 NM distance drawn from the position Lat. 40 deg. 58′.20 N; Long. 28 deg. 59′.70 E to the direction 194 deg., subject to weather conditions.

South of the Strait of Istanbul (on the Marmara sea side) pilot disembarkation place: Pilot disembarkation is carried out on a line of 3 NM distance drawn from the position Lat. 40 deg. 58′.20 N; Long. 28 deg. 57′.70 E to the direction 234 deg., subject to weather conditions.

PILOTAGE STATIONS AT BOSPHORUS

Kavak Pilot North entry
Call Name Kavak Pilot
Position Lat. 41 deg. 10′.60 N., Long. 29 deg. 04′.40 E
Telephone (0 212) 242 04 94 – 242 03 74
Fax (0 212) 242 16 07
VHF Band Ch. 16, 71
Working Hours 24 hours
   
Istanbul Pilot South entry
Call Name Istanbul Pilot
Position Lat. 41 deg. 00′.70 N., Long. 29 deg. 00′.63 E
Telephone (0 216) 333 05 33
VHF Band Ch 16, 71
Working Hours 24 hours