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Apply for a ship sanitation certificate

Newhaven Port Health Authority has been authorised to issue ship sanitation control and exemption certificates.

If the inspection reveals no evidence of a risk to public health, a ship sanitation exemption certificate will be issued which will be valid for 6 months. With the option to extend by one month if requested in writing.

Should any public health risks be identified, rodent infestations or inadequate sanitation, a ship sanitation control certificate will be issued.

Before our staff can inspect a vessel for the purpose of undertaking a ship sanitation inspection, the following information should either be emailed or faxed to the port health staff. If this is not convenient, we will need to check the documents prior to the inspection being undertaken:

  • The last set of microbiological water results.
  • Medical log
  • Garbage log
  • Master handover log
  • Medicine and narcotics list
  • Food safety management system
  • Ballast log
  • Port Waste Notification
  • A copy of the last SSCC (ship sanitation control certificate)
  • ISPS (international Ship Port Security Notification)

Contact us to request an inspection

We will conduct the inspection as soon as possible after you contact the port health office at An inspection usually takes between one and two hours, but this is dependant on the size of the vessel. If you require water samples to be taken, you need to allow at least 5 working days after contacting us so that we can arrange this with the laboratory. Samples will incur an extra charge, dependant on which samples are taken.

Granting of quarantine clearance (pratique)

Health officials may grant quarantine clearance (pratique) provided the following are true:

  • The Advance Notice of Arrival form is received within the prescribed time
  • A 'no change of health status' message is received within 12-24 hours of arrival
  • The Medical Officer of Health or a Health Protection Officer is satisfied there is no quarantinable disease or other public health threat on board the ship

A ship with an illness on board that is not a quarantinable disease or does not constitute a grave danger to public health, will usually still be granted pratique. The Medical Officer of Health will liaise with the incoming vessel prior to arrival to determine whether any measures are required to manage potential public health risks.

Advice that pratique has been granted will be provided to the:

  • Ship's Master
  • Harbourmaster and/or pilot
  • Customs Service
  • MAF Quarantine Services
  • Ship's agent


Approved ports and further information

Approved ports

You can view a list of approved ports that can issue ship sanitation certificates on the World Health Organisation (WHO)

Further information about ship sanitation certificates


Ship sanitation charges

Ship sanitation charges for 01 April 2023 to 31 March 2024 in £ pounds sterling:

  • Ships up to 1,000 GT (gross tonnage) - £125
  • Ships from 1,000 to 3,000 GT - £170
  • Ships from 3,000 to 10,000 GT - £250
  • Ships from 10,000 to 20,000 GT - £325
  • Ships from 20,000 to 30,000 GT - £415
  • Ships over 30,000 GT - £480
  • Vessels with 50-1000 persons - £480
  • Vessels with over 1000 persons - £820
  • Extension of current valid sanitation certificate - £95

Extra charges, based on actual costs, may be added for expenses incurred. These include launch hire, out-of-hours duty, travel and extended or re-inspections of ships due to 'Control Measures' and so on.

Legal information about the regulations

The Public Health (Ships) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2007 came into force on 15th June 2007. 

These regulations implement the requirement of the International Health Regulations 2005.