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International Health

Port Health Controls > International Health
The Authority is responsible for ensuring that vectors of diseases of international concern are kept under control. This includes the control of pests in and around the ports and the areas immediately outside the perimeters of these locations.

Infectious Disease Control

Infectious diseases can be spread by the crew of aircraft and ships and by passengers and other visitors. Infectious diseases can spread from person to person and if not identified and contained quickly, could potentially infect large populations of people.

Masters of ships and Captains of aircraft must notify the Port Health Authority of any suspected infectious disease or death on board other than by an accident. The presence of animals or captive birds and any illness or death in those animals or birds, must also be reported.

Ships Sanitation Certificate

A Ship Sanitation Certificate (SSC) is a document that corroborates a ship's compliance with maritime sanitation and quarantine rules specified in Article 39 of the International Health Regulations (2005) issued by the World Health Organization.

The certificate serves as proof that the ship is free of clear sources of contagion and may be a requirement for permission of entry in some jurisdictions.

SSC's are issued by a competent Port Health Authority in authorised ports following an inspection.  Certificates are valid for six months, a Ships Sanitation Exemption Certificate (SSEC) is issued if no evidence of non-compliance is found; however, if evidence of non-compliance is found the Authority will issue a Ships Sanitation Control Certificate (SSCC).

Water Quality

Mersey Port Health Authority take potable water samples from shore side bunkering points and from a variety of vessels including cruise ships, Ro-Ro ferries, merchant vessels, small passenger vessels and pleasure craft that dock at Mersey Port.

Port Health Officers of Mersey Port Health Authority take water quality samples in accordance with guidelines.  Samples may be taken as part of a sampling programme, to test turbidity, taint and or the presence of faecal indicator organisms. Port Health Officers will also provide advice on cleaning regimes and chemical safety.