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Ship inspections

Environmental Health inspects ships which arrive at Hunterston to ensure the sanitary condition of vessels and control the risk and spread of infectious disease.

International Health Regulations replaced deratting and deratting exemption certificates with ship sanitation control and control exemption certificates.

The Ship Sanitation Certificate

The requirement for a ship sanitation certificate has been implemented in Scotland by The Public Health (Ships) (Scotland) Regulations 1971, as amended, and includes the checking of:

  • water supply
  • food safety
  • pest control
  • waste disposal
  • crew accommodation

For further information read our Ship Sanitation Certificate Information (Word, 35kb).

Fees and charges

North Ayrshire Council, applies the recommended scale of charges as agreed by Association of Port Health Authorities.

Ship inspection charges by gross tonnage
Gross tonnageCharge (£)
Up to 1000 85
1001 - 3000 120
3,001 - 10,000 180
10,001 - 20,000 235
20,001 - 30,000 305
Over 30,000 360
Extensions 55

With the exception of:

  • vessels with the capacity to carry between 50 and 1000 persons – £360 charge
  • vessels with the capacity to carry more than 1000 persons – £615 charge

Extra charges, based on actual costs, may be added for exceptional costs such as:

  • launch hire
  • out-of-hours duty
  • travel 
  • extended or re-inspections of ships subject to control measures.