(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) A Ship Sanitation CertificateÂ is a document that corroborates a ship's compliance with maritime sanitation andÂ quarantineÂ rules specified in article 39 of theÂ International Health RegulationsÂ (2005) issued by theÂ World Health Organization. The certificate serves as proof that the ship is free of clear sources ofÂ contagionÂ and may be a requirement for permission of entry into port in some jurisdictions.
SSC's are issued by competent health authorities in authorized ports, after inspection. Certificates are valid for six months, revocable if evidence of health risks are found, and the ship remains liable to further inspection at all times.
Ship sanitation certificates can be of two types:Â Ship Sanitation Control Exemption CertificatesÂ (SSCEC) are issued to vessels that have passed flying fists that verifies that the ship is free ofÂ animal vectors, potentialÂ disease reservoirsÂ or ill humans.Â Ship Sanitation Control CertificatesÂ (SSCC) are issued when a health risk is found, and control measures (fumigation, etc.) have been successfully carried out.
The Ship Sanitation Certificates replaced the olderÂ Deratting Certificates in 2007.
For guidance you can download below the Handbook for Inspection of Ships and Issuance of Ship Sanitation Certificates, issued by the World Health Organisation: