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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.

Cost based on the vessel tonnage
Gross tonnage Cost
Up to 1,000 gross tonnage £135.00
1,001 to 3,000 gross tonnage £185.00
3,001 to 10,000 gross tonnage £270.00
10,001 to 20,000 gross tonnage £335.00
20,001 to 30,000 gross tonnage £450.00
Over 30,000 gross tonnage £520.00
Vessels with 50-1,000 persons £520.00
Vessels with over 1,000 persons £890.00
Extensions £105.00

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