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Port health

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

Port Health Authority

Weymouth Port Health Authority was first constituted as a port sanitary district on 1st October 1897 and the port health authority's jurisdiction extends from St Albans Head, along the coastline to where the boundaries of Puncknowle and Abbotsbury parishes meet the sea.

It also extends outwards to the limit of the territorial waters and includes any wharf or area within the gates of any dock. The tidal waters of the Fleet and the ports of Weymouth and Portland are all within the responsibility of this Authority.

The Port Health Authority is administered from within our Environmental Health Unit.

Functions undertaken by the Port Health Authority include:

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 is a designated approved port for the issue of these certificates in accordance with the International Health Regulations 2005. The charges for certificates issued is as follows -

Charges for certificates

Find out how much certificates cost (opens in a new window)

Imported food

Food entering the UK from outside the European Union needs to be inspected to prevent the importation of food which is either unfit for human consumption or is infested with unwanted pests, etc. For more information go to (opens in a new window) and DEFRA (opens in a new window) and search "imported food".

Fish and shellfish

The Port Health Authority, in conjunction with the Food Standards Agency and CEFAS monitors the quality of local shellfish waters and the safety of local shellfish. Sea water and shellfish flesh samples are taken throughout the year as part of the national shellfish water classification programme and the national algal toxin monitoring programmes.

Food Premises Inspections

The Port Health Authority monitors food standards in shore based premises as well as on visiting ships.

Authorised processes

Under the Provisions of part I of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the Port Health Authority can issue authorisations for prescribed processes.

Animal health

Animal health issues should be referred to Animal health and welfare advice from Dorset trading standards.

Clean Air Act 1993

Under the provisions of the Clean Air Act 1993 and the Dark Smoke (Permitted Periods) (Vessels) Regulations it is an offence for a vessel to emit dark smoke for longer than certain specified periods as laid down by statute. Port Health Authority Staff monitor emissions from ships.


The provision of potable water is essential for the health of a ships crew. The Port Health Authority monitors the quality and safety of water provided to and stored on ships and provides advice on methods of disinfection of ships water supplies.

Association of Port Health Authorities Handbook 2013

Port Heath Handbook 2013 (opens in a new window) contains all contact details for Port Health Authorities.

Weymouth Port Health Authority - Audit for the Year Ended 31 March 2017


The above audit has now been completed. There were no matters which came to the attention which required the issuing of a separate additional issues arising report.


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