We are unable to carry out routine ship sanitation visits. This decision has been made in line with other Port Health Authorities and the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA). We will however offer an extension to any valid Ship Sanitation Certificate for the period of 1 month. This will cost £70.

You should email copies of documentation that is typically checked during a physical inspection to

This will include an email copy of your current Ship Sanitation Certificate which we will stamp with the one month extension and email back to you.

We will continue to monitor the national, regional and local situation and follow the advice from both government and Public Health Scotland when deciding when to recommence ship inspections.


One of our main duties as a local authority is to inspect ships which arrive at Grangemouth Docks in order to protect the public, environmental and animal health of the United Kingdom.

The requirement for a ship sanitation certificate has been implemented in Scotland by the Public Health (Ships) (Scotland) Regulations 1971, as amended, and includes the checking of:

  • Water supply
  • Food safety
  • Pest control
  • Structure and equipment
  • Swimming pools/Spa pools
  • Waste disposal
  • Crew accommodation
  • Medical facilities

Fees and charges apply for ship inspections.

In line with many other local authorities and port health authorities within the UK, we apply the recommended scale of charges as agreed by the Association of Port Health Authorities.

Ship Sanitation Certificate Fees from 01 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

Gross Tonnage of Vessel Charge (GBP)
Up to 1,000 £100.00
1001 – 3,000 £135.00
3001 – 10,000 £205.00
10,001 – 20,000 £265.00
20,001 – 30,000 £340.00
Over 30,000 £400.00
Vessels with 50 – 1,000 persons £400.00
Vessels with over 1,000 persons £680.00
Extensions £70.00