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Ship inspections

Environmental Health inspects ships which arrive at Hunterston and Fairlie to:

  • ensure the sanitary condition of vessels
  • control the risk, and spread, of infectious disease

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

Please contact Environmental Health who will arrange to send out a Ship Sanitation Certificate Inquiry Form for completion and return prior to inspection of the vessel.

Fees and charges

North Ayrshire Council, in line with other local and port health authorities within the UK, apply the recommended scale of charges as agreed by Association of Port Health Authorities. These came into force on 1 April 2024.

Ship inspection charges by gross tonnage
Gross tonnageCharge (£)
Up to 1000 135
1001 - 3000 183
3,001 - 10,000 270
10,001 - 20,000 355
20,001 - 30,000 450
Over 30,000 520
Extensions 105

With the exception of:

  • vessels with the capacity to carry between 50 and 1,000 persons – £520 charge
  • vessels with the capacity to carry more than 1,000 persons – £890 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.

Contact Environmental Health




01294 324339


North Ayrshire Council, Housing & Public Protection, Environmental Health, Cunninghame House, Irvine, KA12 8EE