Ship inspections

The Ship Sanitation Certificate has been a compulsory requirement on board ships navigating in international waters since 15 June 2007. It is introduced to prevent the worldwide spread of infectious diseases. This certificate replaces the Deratting Certificate. We inspect all international navigating ships who apply a ship certificate in our region.

The inspection
Inspections are conducted on the basis of requirements laid down by the World Health Organization (WHO) and as incorporated under Dutch Law into the Public Health.

Here for we need to see some documents and certificates. Please have this documents nearby. The certificate will be printed on location. The ship sanition certificate and the communication during inspection will be in english.

Inspection areas
The WHO inspection guidelines stipulate that the following areas of the ship must be in order (The term in order is understood to mean no sign of infection or contamination, which includes vermin in any stage of development; animal reservoirs for vermin and pests; microbiological, chemical, radioactive substances or other hazards to human health; and inadequate hygiene measures):

  • galley and food areas
  • pantry and storage rooms
  • holds
  • officer and crew accommodation
  • drinking water
  • sewage system
  • ballast tanks
  • waste (inc. medical waste)
  • standing water
  • engine room
  • medical facilities
  • swimming pools and spas

All WHO standards have been included in a Schedule of Requirements. An inspection checklist is provided for the levels required to meet these standards as inspected by the Dienst Gezondheid & Jeugd.

Ship sanitation certificates
There are three types of certificate.

  1. A Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate (SSCEC) certifies that the ship has been inspected and found to be in order and is exempt from further inspections for a period of six months.
  2. A Ship Sanitation Control Certificate (SSCC) entails that the ship has been inspected and certain shortcomings discovered that are listed on the certificate. These shortcomings must be repaired, or otherwise resolved, and resubmitted for inspection.
  3. There is also an Extension of the Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate (ESSCEC). A ship is not entitled to a SSCEC in the port in which it is moored. The port authorities can however issue an extension to the old certificate for a period of one month, a so-called ESSCEC.

Application form
Complete the form to request an inspection. An inspector will make contact as soon as possible, to make an appointment.
Application form Ship Sanitation Certificate (English)
If the form does not work, you can use the application form and send this by e-mail. A request has to be made at least 24 hours in advance.

Authorized ports
To apply for a certificate, contact the issuing authority per port in the Netherlands. To find the authorized ports in the Netherlands, go to the website of the Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu.



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