Here you can find out details of the ship sanitation inspection and certification process from Northumberland port health service.
The Public Health (Ships) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2007 came into force on 15 June 2007. These regulations implement the requirement of the International Health Regulations 2005.
What can I expect from a ship sanitation inspection?
Northumberland port health service issues ship sanitation control and exemption certificates. The certificate involves a detailed inspection, which includes checking for signs of illness and controls in place to minimise the risk of illnesses spreading.
If there is no evidence of a risk to public health, a ship sanitation exemption certificate will be issued. It is valid for six months with the option of a one month extension if requested in writing.
Should evidence of infection or contamination be found, a ship sanitation control certificate will be issued outlining the problem and treatment undertaken.
Infection or contamination includes signs of inadequate sanitary measures or rodents or other species that could carry human disease and microbiological, chemical or other risks to human health.
When on board the vessel, we ask to see the following:
- the last set of microbiological water results
- medical log
- garbage log
- master handover log
- medicine and narcotics list
- food safety management system
- ballast log
We can take and submit drinking water/ice/swimming pool samples for bacteriological examination on request. There will generally be a charge for this service and a laboratory report will be provided with a certificate.
Ship sanitation inspection charges
As of 1 April 2016:
|Ships up to 1,000 GT
|Ships from 1,000 to 3,000 GT
|Ships from 3,000 to 10,000 GT
|Ships from 10,000 to 20,000 GT
|Ships from 20,000 to 30,000 GT
|Ships over 30,000 GT
|Extension of current valid sanitation certificate
- vessels with the capacity to carry between 50 and 1,000 persons - £350
- vessels with the capacity to carry more than 1000 persons - £600
Extra charges may be added for exceptional costs, such as launch hire (at the discretion of the port operator or harbour master), out-of-hours duties and extended or re-inspections of ships due to 'control measures'.
Should your microbiological water test report be older than six months, we suggest you should have a new water test at a charge of £105 (+VAT).
As part of the inspection, we will undertake a free chlorine test to establish if the level is between 0.2ppm to 0.5ppm of chlorine.
Specific Legionella tests can also be conducted. One test costs £48.33 per sample and officer time (+VAT).
The full list of designated ports can be viewed by clicking on the World Health Organisation
website. This list is updated regularly.
Extending exemption certificates
We do realise sometimes it’s not practical or safe to conduct an inspection. Should the sanitation certificate be close to the six months expiry date, officers can extend the certificate by a period of one month, once a request has been received in writing. An officer must visit the vessel to extend the current certificate.
A charge for this will be levied, so please see above.