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Ship sanitation certificates


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.

Tuesday, April 23rd, the GGD Amsterdam is closed for the day, including our Ship Sanitation department. You can send in your application as usual. Wednesday, April 24th we will get back to you!

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.

SSC Application form

Good to know: our working hours are Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 18:00 hrs. (8AM – 6PM). We are closed on weekends.

The costs

Costs for on board inspection as of July 1st 2023
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.


Inspection time

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


For any further questions, please send an e-mail or contact us by telephone and ask for the SSC inspector on duty.