Preventing the Importation of Diseases to the UK

When vessels arrive within the Port Health Authority's area from abroad Port Health Officers will make arrangements to visit and inspect them.

Masters of vessels are under an obligation to report any illness amongst their crew and the presence of any animals or birds aboard. Any illness amongst crews is investigated and in extreme circumstances ships and their crews would be placed into quarantine to prevent disease entering the country.

All ships undertaking international voyages must have a valid Ship Sanitation Certificate in order to prevent the spread of serious infections across state boundaries and ships must be inspected every six months to ensure that correct certification is held.

Weymouth Port Health Authority (WPHA) is a designated approved port for the issue of these certificates in accordance with the International Health Regulations 2005.

Port Health Ship Sanitation Charges 2021/22 (effective from 1 April 2021)

Port Health Ship Sanitation Charges 2019/20

Gross Tonnage of Vessel Rate 

Up to 1,000


1,001 - 3,000


3,001 - 10,000


10,001 - 20,000


20,001 - 30,000


Over 30,000


Vessels with 50 - 1,000 persons


Vessels with over 1,000 persons




Weymouth Port Health Authority – exercise of public rights 2018/19

Smaller authorities are required to provide electors with the opportunity to inspect their accounts and other documents for a period of 30 working days which must include the first 10 working days of July. 

Any person interested has the rights to inspect the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates. The period of exercise for the year ended 31 March 2019 is from Monday 17 June until Friday 26 July 2019.

The 2018/19 financial year reports:

The Accounting Statements are currently unaudited and are subject to change.

Find more information on the Association of Port Health Authorities website.

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