All seafaring vessels are required to have a valid Ship Sanitation Certificate (SSC) on board. GGD Amsterdam performs hygiene inspections on board of cargo ships in our seaport. This is carried out when the captain requests a renewal of this certificate.
WHO International Health Regulations
The inspection is based on the WHO - International Health Regulations. You can find the list of requirements in the Handbook for Inspection of Ships and Issuance of Ship Sanitation Certificates. The various checkpoints of inspection are specified per regulation/area.
Types of SSC certification
There are three types of SSC certification:
Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate (SSCEC)
We have inspected the ship and everything is found to be up to standard. The ship is exempted from further measures, for six months. Sometimes we do leave a report form, with some advice to solve minor defects.
Ship Sanitation Control Certificate (SSCC)
We have inspected the ship and found one or more deficiencies. These will be stated on the certificate, or attached to the certificate, in a separate form. These deficiencies must be rectified, followed by a re-inspection.
Extension of the Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate (ESSCEC)
The validity of the current SSCEC can be extended by a period of 30 days. This is carried out exceptionally, for example when we are unable to visit the ship, due to circumstances. We will issue the Extension without boarding the ship.
Apply for a certificate
Please make the request for a Ship Sanitation Certificate at least 24 hours in advance. We will contact you as soon as possible after receiving your request to make an appointment.
Good to know: our working hours are Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 18:00 hrs. (8AM – 6PM). We are closed on weekends.
|Inspection||€ 122,63 per hour|
|Call-out||€ 30,65 per quarter of an hour|
|Extension (ESSCEC)||€ 122,63 in total|
There are no BTW (VAT) charges to the inspection.
The maximum inspection time depend on the number of passengers (not crew / seafarers) on board:
- A maximum of 4 hours for ships carrying less than 50 passengers
- A maximum of 8 hours for ships with 50 – 500 passengers
- A maximum of 12 hours for ships with 500 or more passengers