Port health

The Port Health function at Ayr and Troon Ports is carried out by Officers within our Environmental Health unit.

These include:

Ship Sanitation Certificates
Water samples from vessels
Infectious diseases
Fees and charges apply for some services.

If you have any queries, please contact the Duty Port Health Officer:

Duty Port Health Officer
Environmental Health Team
5-7 River Terrace
01292 618222

Links to functions carried out as follows

Ship Sanitation Certificates

Ships on an international voyage require to have a valid ship sanitation certificate 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.

Certificates are valid for 6 months from the date of issue.

Should you require a ship sanitation inspection please contact us at least 24 hours prior to the proposed inspection time. The following information should be made available at the time of request:

Vessel Name, Gross Tonnage, IMO number, Location for inspection, Estimated Date and Time of Arrival, Estimated Date and Time of Departure, Agent contact details.

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

Water samples from vessels

Drinking water samples can be taken and submitted to our Public Analyst for microbiological examination and, if required, chemical analysis on request.

Advance notification must be given to ensure arrangements can be made. There is a charge for this service. Requests can be made by emailing environmental.health@south-ayrshire.gov.uk.

Testing for Legionella is not available.

Infectious diseases

International health controls are in place prevent the spread of infectious disease from vessels, seafarers and passengers into Britain.

Regulations require that Port Health is notified of any cases or symptoms of infectious disease aboard a vessel before it arrives in port.

This can be done by the submission of a Maritime Declaration of Health form to environmental.health@south-ayrshire.gov.uk . Outwith office hours notification must be made by telephone to the Emergency Control Room on 03001230900. This enables arrangements to be made for a medical officer to visit the ship, assess the patient and initiate controls to stop disease being introduced into the UK.

A Maritime Declaration of Health is not required if there are no cases or symptoms of infectious disease.

During the current COVID-19 outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern it is requested the submission of the Maritime Declaration of Health by all arriving ships.

Fees and charges apply for some services.

Model of Maritime Declaration of Health PR