Ship Sanitation



The Ships Sanitation service began on the 9th October 2015. The Environmental Agency is one of the “competent authorities” tasked with the responsibility to enforce the Public Health (International Health) Rules 2014, the others being the Gibraltar Port Authority and the Borders and Coastguard Agency.

Ship Sanitation Certificates (SSCs) are of particular importance for the prevention and control of public health risks on board ships on international voyages. They provide internationally recognised documentation regarding the sanitary conditions of a ship, while reducing the need for further and more frequent inspections of the ship during the period for which the certificate is valid. SSCs are used to identify and record all areas of ship-borne public health risks (not limited to rodents). They require the application of comprehensive and detailed inspection procedures and techniques by personnel who are trained in public health issues.

Vessels or their agents requiring an SSC should in the first instant fill in and send this application form .

We require full completion of this form which should then be emailed to

Telephone messages are not accepted and forty eight hours notice is required.

The following documents (if applicable) must be presented and ready for inspection on our arrival on-board:


    • Existing Ships Sanitation Exemption or Control Certificate (SSC)


    • Maritime Declaration of Health


    • International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis


    • The General Declaration document


    • The Cargo Declaration and Ship’s Stores Declaration


    • Dangerous Goods Manifest


      • ISPP certificate

The following documents may also be required:

        • Management plans concerning water bunkering, food safety, pest control, sewage or waste


        • IMO Ballast Water Reporting Form


        • Medical Log


        • List of medicines


        • Potable Water Analysis Report


Other information

The Master of the ship or other senior officer must be available to meet the inspector and conduct a pre-inspection meeting.
Officers or suitably knowledgeable persons must be available to accompany the inspection staff (minimum 2 ) in the inspection of the ship
A pre-inspection safety induction needs to be given by the Master at the pre-inspection meeting

The legislation governing ship sanitation certificates are the Public Health (International Health) Rules 2014.

Detailed guidance on these Regulations is contained in the Handbook for Inspection of Ships and Issuance of Ship Sanitation Certificates issued by the World Health Organization.

Charges for SSCEC inspections

There are no charges for inspections conducted between 09.30 and 16.30 hrs Monday to Friday.

However, should there be a need to take a water or other sample (because reports are not available) then this will carry a charge of £140 per sample which will be charged to the ship’s agent.

Should the vessel delay after 16.30 hrs, there is a flat rate overtime charge depending on the ship’s gross tonnage or passenger capacity and is as follows:

The fees are as follows:

The following overtime rate based on tonnage will apply:



Ships up to 1,000 GT

£ 77.00

Ships from 1,001 to 3,000 GT

£ 119.00

Ships from 3,001 to 10,000 GT

£ 178.00

Ships from 10,001 to 20,000 GT

£ 237.00

Ships from 20,001 to 30,000 GT

£ 271.00

Ships over 30,001 GT

£ 355.00

Passenger capacity

Vessels with the capacity to carry between 50 and 1000 persons – £355.00

Vessels with the capacity to carry more than 1000 persons – £592.00