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Covid-19 and vessels

Date updated: 9/09/2021

The UK Government has issued guidance for shipping and sea ports.

Vessels arriving in the Port of London District from outside UK waters are required to submit a Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH) to the London Port Health Authority (LPHA) until further notice. The completed MDH should be emailed not more than 12 hours and not less than four hours before the vessel arrives to the Port Health Team.

The LPHA's position is to offer a 30-day extension wherever possible, but this can only be done if the current Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate (SSCEC) has not expired. The WHO has issued a joint statement which allows for extensions to be given on one or more occasions as necessary.

We cannot extend SSCEC's that have expired and no extension will be given to an existing extension. If an extension is requested we will ask the agent forward the following documents by email to the Port Health Team.

  • Maritime Declaration of Health
  • Ports of call list
  • Most recent water testing certificates of analysis
  • Copy of most recent ship sanitation certificate
  • Ships particulars
  • Crew list
  • Medical log
  • Pest control log
  • Cooks food hygiene cert
  • Outbreak control plan

We will not extend the current SSCEC if we deem there to be something specifically wrong on the vessel. If the agent or the LPHA decides there may be a valid reason requiring us to board the vessel we will first consult our Port Health Management Team before making a decision.



London Port Health Authority Maritime Declaration of Health PDF (50KB)
Date submitted: 1/13/20