Ship Sanitation Inspections

Under international health regulations seagoing vessels must receive a ship sanitation inspection at least every 6 months. This inspection includes a food safety element, an assessment of infectious disease controls, an assessment of the ship’s pest free status, sanitation and waste disposal facilities. Welfare provisions for crews are also considered during an inspection.

Ship sanitation inspections are carried out either at the request of the ship’s Master or agent due to the expiry of their present ship sanitation certificate or as part of other risk based ship inspections.

River Tees Port Health Authority will respond to all requests for ship sanitation inspections. Please refer to our fees page for current charges for ship inspections.

Ship Inspection Fees and Charges

The Association of Port Health Authorities (APHA) recommended to its members a standard charging regime for the issue of Ship Sanitation Exemption and Ship Sanitation Control Certificates. At River Tees Port Health Authority we have adopted these standard charges which are as follows;

Gross TonnageCharge (£)
Up to 1000135.00
1,001 – 3,000185.00
3,001 – 10,000270.00
10,001 – 20,000355.00
20,001 – 30,000450.00
Over 30,000520.00

At the present time all our charges are based on tonnage regardless of how many persons the vessel is able to carry and no extra charges are incurred for out of hours visits.

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