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Ship inspections

Environmental Health inspects ships which arrive at Hunterston and Fairlie to ensure the sanitary condition of vessels and to 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

Should you wish to request an inspection, please complete and email the Ship Sanitation Certificate inquiry form (Word, 46kb) to environmentalhealth@north-ayrshire.gov.uk

Fees and charges

North Ayrshire Council, in line with many other local authorities and port health authorities within the UK, apply the recommended scale of charges as agreed by Association of Port Health Authorities. These were reviewed and came into force on 1 April 2022.

Ship inspection charges by gross tonnage
Gross tonnageCharge (£)
Up to 1000 110
1001 - 3000 150
3,001 - 10,000 220
10,001 - 20,000 285
20,001 - 30,000 365
Over 30,000 425
Extensions 80

With the exception of:

  • vessels with the capacity to carry between 50 and 1000 persons – £425 charge
  • vessels with the capacity to carry more than 1000 persons – £725 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.