You need a ship sanitation certificate if you own a ship that operates between countries or offshore.
How to apply
Contact the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) to apply for a ship sanitation certificate.
Your ship will need to be inspected at an authorised port. The inspector will check that the ship is not a danger to public health or the spread of infection.
Inspections can also include any persons on your ship. An inspector may:
- detain a person for examination
- order clothing and articles to be disinfected
- instruct a verminous person to be disinfected
- stop people leaving the ship to prevent the spread of infection
A ship sanitation certificate will be issued if the ship inspection is satisfactory.
Certificates last for 6 months, although you can request an extension for 1 month.
Fees and charges
You need to pay a fee for inspection and the certificate. The fee depends upon the size of your ship.