Port health

It is important that we protect public health and minimise the risk of commercial shipping. We are authorised to carry out checks on ships and issue Ship Sanitation and Ship Sanitation Exemption Certificates.

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What do you check for?

If requested, we inspect international ships - according to Worth Health Organisation guidelines - to find public health risks and to identify any necessary measures.

We inspect all areas and assess things like food safety, potable water, waste management and infection control. If we find no risks, we issue a sanitation exemption certificate. If we identify a risk, we issue a ship sanitation control certificate. This outlines the details and timescales of any actions you need to take.

Exemption certificates are valid for six months. Once that period is up, you should request a new inspection. We will then issue a new ship sanitation exemption certificate or ship sanitation control certificate.

How much do you charge for this service?

The following costs cover an inspection and the issuing of a certificate:

Gross tonnage of shipCharge
Up to 1,000£90.00
1,001 to 3,000£125.00
3,001 to 10,000£190.00
10,001 to 20,000£245.00
20,001 to 30,000£320.00
Over 30,000£375.00

We charge £375.00 to inspect a vessel that can carry between 50 and 1,000 people, and £640.00 for vessels that can carry more than 1,000 people. Certificate extensions cost £60.00. There may be extra charges for things like launch hire, out-of-hours work or travel.

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