Portsmouth Port Health Authority is authorised to issue ship sanitation certificates. A certificate (or extension) will only be granted after an inspection of the vessel.
We will ask to see several documents, including the following (which should be provided in advance, where possible):
- Most recent ship sanitation certificate and any attachments
- Most recent water sample results
- Master handover log
- Medicine and narcotics list (with expiry dates)
- Food safety management system
- Cook’s food hygiene training certificate
- Medical log
- Garbage log
- Ballast management plan
- Waste management plan
- Discharge book
- Tank cleaning record
- UV changing record
The inspection is conducted under the International Health Regulations 2005 and cross-referencing the WHO Handbook and Guide. In certain circumstances domestic food legislation applies on board passenger vessels.
Port Health Officers can obtain samples of drinking water and ice. It is recommended potable water is tested every six months, from three different points on board, plus water fountains.
Legionella sampling can be undertaken, which will detect levels of Legionella at the point the sample is taken. A full survey of the vessel is required to provide assurances of its Legionella status.
Analysis is UKAS Accredited. You will be provided with a certificate of the results. Please see the fees section for tests and associated charges.