Port Health Authority

The Port Health Authority Rotterdam deals with health care in the port of Rotterdam. 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.

For emergency help, contact the Harbour Coordination Centre or dial 112

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.
In addition to the Fire Service, Police and the Regional Medical Assistance Organisation (GHOR), the Harbour Master is one of the emergency services in the municipal organisation for controlling incidents. The Harbour Coordination Centre has a direct connection to the control rooms of other key services.

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

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.

Get your application form

Procedure notification infectious diseases

Do you have a person on board with a (suspected) infectious disease? Do you work in the port of Rotterdam and do you suspect or have you observed that a ship has a patient with an infectious disease on board? Then you must report this to the Port Health Authority. The Port Health Authority Rotterdam has to respond quickly to prevent a possible spread of infectious diseases. Therefore, it is important that the infectious disease is reported as quickly as possible.

Medical Facilities

Do you need medical attention for a person on board a ship? Rotterdam has medical facilities focused specifically on shipping.


Would you like to know more about the Port Health Authority? Please contact:

Harbour Coordination Centre
+31 (0)10 252 1000

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