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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. The Port Health Authority Rotterdam is a cooperation between the following parties:

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.

Chicken pox

Chicken pox is a highly contagious rash-causing disease caused by a virus. Virtually all children in the Netherlands will have had the disease at some point in time.


Ebola outbreak in West Africa

The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is still not under control. The Port Health Authority is following the developments and will take additional measures if necessary.

ebola, port of Rotterdam, shipping


The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) belongs to the group of the coronaviruses that also includes SARS. The virus was first detected in people in the Middle East. In May 2015, a South Korean traveller returned from the Middle East with a MERS-corona virus infection.

MERS coronavirus

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 for the notification of 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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