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Port health

How we inspect vessels and ship sanitation certificates

What do we do

Although King's Lynn Port is not a Border Inspection Post, food stuffs such as wheat, barley and pulses may be exported as ingredients.

We inspect vessels to check:

  • they are free from rodents
  • the kitchen and living conditions are safe and hygienic
  • the water supply is safe to drink

We'll also ask questions about:

  • illness aboard the vessel
  • controls in place to minimise the risk of infection spread

Ship sanitation certificates

If there is no evidence of a risk to public health a 'Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate' will be issued. This will be valid for six months.

The costs

The cost will depend on the tonnage of the vessel:

Gross tonnage Cost
Up to 1,000: £125.00
1,001 - 3,000: £170.00
3,001 - 10,000: £250.00
10,001 - 20,000: £325.00
20,001 - 30,000: £415.00
Over 30,000: £480.00
Extensions £95.00


Where the charges may be different:

  • vessels with the capacity to carry between 50 - 1,000 persons: £480.00
  • vessels with the capacity to carry more than 1,000 persons: £820.00
  • extensions to the certificate: £95.00

We may add extra charges, based on actual costs incurred such as launch hire, out of hours duty, travel, or re-inspection of ships due to control measures.

Other agencies

Where we deem it necessary, we may also work with other agencies:

  • to determine seaworthiness and welfare of visiting vessels
  • to control potential outbreaks of infectious diseases, including the restriction of persons and animals being brought into port