Port Health Authority
The Port Health Authority Rotterdam deals with health care in the port of Rotterdam.
For emergency help in the event of an incident or accident on board, you can contact the Harbour Coordination Centre directly. T: +31 (0)10 252 1000, VHF channel 14. Or dial 112.
Infectious disease control
An important aspect of the Port Health Authority is infectious disease control. Infectious diseases can spread more easily due to the increase in international traffic.
Reporting infectious disease
It is mandatory to report cases of illness. This also applies to narrative and departing ships. For this you can contact the Harbour Coordination Centre by phone +31(0)10-2521000.
Here you will find information on everything regarding health matters. Since the creation of the Port Health Authority Rotterdam in 2009, the Harbour Coordination Centre has been the point of contact for vessels, crew members and other parties working in the port of Rotterdam.
Port Health Authority Rotterdam (PHAR)
The Port Health Authority Rotterdam is the competent authority for the management of infectious diseases in the port of Rotterdam. The Port Coordination Centre is the contact desk for ships, crew and other parties working in the port of Rotterdam. The parties working with the PHAR include: Rotterdam-Rijnmond Municipal Health Service, the Harbour Health Centre, Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam (EMC), Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM), the Dutch Coastguard, Rotterdam-Rijnmond Safety Region, Dutch Food and Commodities Authority, Seaport Police, Radio Medical Service, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Harbour Master.
The Port Health Authority Rotterdam is a cooperation between the following parties:
- Municipal Public Health Services Rotterdam-Rijnmond
- Port Health Centre
- Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM)
- Coast Guard
- Safety Region Rotterdam-Rijnmond
- Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority
- Erasmus MC
- Seaport police
- Netherlands Radio Medical Service
- Port of Rotterdam Authority and the (State) Harbour Master
Infectious disease control
An important aspect of the Port Health Authority is infectious disease control. Infectious diseases can spread more easily due to the increase in international traffic. Therefore, more attention is paid globally to infectious diseases. The SARS epidemic in 2003 was the immediate cause for the WHO to renew the International Health Regulations. With the signing of the IHR in 2005, the WHO Member States stressed that they will commit to these international agreements in the field of infectious disease control. In the Netherlands, the IHR was included in the Public Health Act on 1 December 2008. As a consequence, the port of Rotterdam must provide a plan for emergencies, a quarantine room and an emergency service in case of outbreaks of infectious diseases.
Read more about infectious diseases on the site of the GGD.
COVID-19 vaccination in Rotterdam
The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport has determined that vaccination of seafarers will fall under the responsibility of the decentralized public health agency known in Dutch as GGD. Arbo Unie will no longer carry out this responsibility. These changes will come into effect as of 1 January 2023.
This means that as of 1 January 2023 employers and seafarers can schedule a vaccination appointment only at the GGD. Seafarers who wish to also receive a vaccination certificate (EUDCC), need to ask for their client number right after getting the (repeat) jab at the GGD facility.
Three main websites (all are available in English) are of importance:
- Schedule a vaccination appointment
- Vaccination without an appointment
- Vaccination certificate Don't have a BSN? Do not sign in via ‘DigID’: A client number is required and can be retrieved right after vaccination at the GGD location.
The GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond is temporarily vaccinating only on current locations in Rotterdam. On-board vaccination with mobile teams is not possible for now. The GGD is exploring opportunities under which circumstances on-board services are possible. Futher information will be provided when available. We apologize fort he inconvenience.
For vaccination request or further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The GGD Rotterdam Rijnmond is able to provide an international QR code (EUDCC) or certificate on request, if the proper information is available. This is only possible on specific GGD-location with autorised personnel. Therefore, it is important that requests are made upfront so we can direct your staff to he proper location.
Report cases of illness on board in port
Should cases of illness nevertheless occur on board during the stay in port, it is mandatory to report them. This also applies to narrative and departing ships. For this you can contact the Port Coordination Centre by telephone: +31(0)10 252 1000.
Procedure for the Maritime Declaration of Health (MDoH)
All seagoing vessels visiting the Port of Rotterdam must submit a valid Maritime Declaration of Health (MDoH). As from September 1, 2021 the MDOH must be submitted by the agent to the Harbour Coordination Center via Portbase (PCS). The MDoH must be submitted to Pilot boarding Place (PBP) at least 6 hours prior to arrival and must not be older than 24 hours.
This obligation also applies to fishing vessels that make an international voyage (and also call at foreign ports). In addition, the port authority (Harbour Master's Division) can, in certain cases, explicitly ask to send in an MDOH.
Policy on reporting health situation
At the moment, no modified pilotage rules apply. Of course, only crew members without complaints are allowed to be on the bridge.
Yellow flag (quarantine)
In the Netherlands, the MDoH is used to report possible infectious diseases to the authorities. Some countries work with a yellow quarantine flag. This is not necessary in the Netherlands. As soon as a ship has submitted an MDoH and it has been assessed by the Municipal Health Service, the captain will be informed whether additional measures are necessary. If a ship continues to sail under a yellow flag, we request you to inform the Port Coordination Centre (+31 (0)10 252 1000 or VHF channel 11). If there are any relevant changes, you will be informed here.
Medical care seafarer’s
Download letter Port Health Centre for medical advice or to make a consultation appointment.
Procedure notification infectious diseases
Is there a person on board with a (suspected) infectious disease? Then you must report this to the Port Health Authority as quickly as possible. The Port Health Authority Rotterdam has to respond quickly to prevent a possible spread of infectious diseases.
Ship Sanitation Certificate
Would you like to apply for an inspection and the issuance of a Ship Sanitation Certificate? Please submit your application as soon as possible. The Municipal Health Service Rotterdam-Rijnmond (GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond) is responsible for the issuance of Ship Sanitation Certificates. Requests for a Ship Sanitation Certificate for Moerdijk should be sent to the GGD Zuid-Holland Zuid.
Do you need medical attention for a person on board a ship? Rotterdam has medical facilities focused specifically on shipping.