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Port Health

We provide a Port Health service for Wisbech Port and Port Sutton Bridge

We are part of the Wisbech Port Health authority. This monitors Wisbech Port and Port Sutton Bridge.

We provide a Port Health service to commercial ships, leisure and fishing vessels. This includes:

  • ensuring minimum standards of hygiene in galleys
  • checking on crew welfare and pest control on vessels
  • carrying out Ship Sanitation inspections
  • carrying out checks on imported foods passing through the port
  • sampling water supplies from vessels and quayside supplies to make sure it is safe to drink
  • making sure controls are in place to stop infectious diseases entering the port

Commercial ships arriving from a foreign port must carry a Ship Sanitation Control (Exemption) Certificate to show a satisfactory standard of hygiene on board. We can renew these certificates once a ship inspection has taken place.

Fishing vessels that land their catch at our ports can be inspected if food processing is carried out on board. The cooked product can also be sampled for microbiological testing.

Wisbech Port Health Authority also covers an area of sea in the Wash where cockles and mussels grow. Although there is no known commercial harvesting of these molluscs, routine sampling is carried out on behalf of the council. Information is displayed to casual gatherers of these shellfish if they are unsafe to eat because of algal contamination.

For more information, email or call 01354 654321.

Ship fees

Gross Tonnage of VesselFees
Up to 1000£125
1001 - 3000£170
3001 - 10000£250
10001 - 20000£325
20001 - 30000£415
Over 30000£480
Vessels with 50-1000 persons£480
Vessels with over 1000 persons£820

View the Council's Fees and Charges in full.

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