Ship sanitation certificate
From 15 June 2008 you may apply for a Ship Sanitation Certificate (SSC) in the port areas of Zeeland Seaports. This certificate replaces the certificate of deratting. Since 15 June 2007 the Ship Sanitation Certificate has been compulsory on board international vessels. The SSC was introduced to prevent the global spread of infectious diseases.
- You may submit a request for a Ship Sanitation Certificate inspection to the Municipality of Vlissingen (for vessels moored in the port area of Vlissingen)
- Zeeland Municipal Health Service (GGD Zeeland) (for vessels moored in the port area of Terneuzen)
The Municipality of Vlissingen and the Zeeland Municipal Health Service issue the Ship Sanitation Certificates in the port areas of Vlissingen and Terneuzen in close cooperation with Zeeland Seaports.
The inspection is carried out on the basis of the requirements laid down by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and in the Netherlands these requirements are laid down in the Public Health Act.
There are three different types of certificates:
- Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate (SSCEC): A ship is inspected and everything is in order. The ship is exempt from sanitary inspections for six months.
- Ship Sanitation Control Certificate (SSCC): A ship is inspected and shortcomings are found. These shortcomings will be noted on the certificate and the ship must rectify them or solve them in another way and then undergo an inspection again.
- If circumstances make it impossible for us to carry out the requested inspection, in exceptional situations we will assist you by issuing an Extension of the Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate (ESSCEC). This certificate extends the validity of your current certificate by one month.
The inspection guidelines of the WHO state that the parts of the vessel listed below must be found to be 'in order' (in order = no evidence of infection or contamination, including vectors in all stages of growth; animal reservoirs for vectors and pests, microbiological, chemical, nuclear and other risks to human health; indications of inadequate hygiene measures):
- Galley and food facility;
- Pantry and storage areas;
- Cargo hold;
- Crew and officers' quarters;
- Drinking water;
- Ballast tanks;
- Waste (also medical waste);
- Still water;
- Engine room;
- Medical facilities;
- Swimming pools and spas.