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Port health

Ship sanitation inspection and certification at Heysham Port and Glasson Dock

Heysham Port Health Authority Logo

Heysham Port Health Authority Logo

The authority district encompasses the port areas of Heysham Port and Glasson Dock.


The port health authority was updated in 2011 when it was incorporated into a new statuary instrument.

Heysham Port was built to meet the needs of the area and is still a busy port, mainly dealing in roll-on roll-off traffic and cargo to Ireland and the Isle of Man. Ancillary to these movements is a supply base to the Morecambe Bay gasfield and wind farm.

Glasson Dock is a large marina and small port to the south of Lancaster. This terminal mainly deals with vessels carrying bulk cargo and containerised traffic to the Isle of Man.


The Port Health Authority team has responsibility for all food safety matters relating to imported foods including:

  • Imported food control (non-animal origin products) at Heysham Port and Glasson Docks
  • Inspections of vessels, documentation and medical lockers for infectious disease
  • Inspection of vessels to enforce UK and international standards for food hygiene
  • Enforcing catering waste and animal by-product directives
  • Issuing of ship sanitation certificates
  • Working in partnership with related agencies
  • Sampling quayside and bunded water supplies
  • Inspection of food premises within port boundaries
  • Enforcing current smoking legislation quayside and in commercial vehicles and premises
  • Being primary contact for animal health related issues

Lancaster’s port health team have a close working relationship with Heysham Port and Glasson Port Commission management to ensure checks of ports and vessels are undertaken at convenient times.

The port authority is managed by Mr Andre Hunt, MCIEH, and staffed by a bank of five port health officers.

Current ship movements

Garbage (catering waste) - information for mariners

The Products of Animal Origin (Third Country Imports) (England) Regulations 2006 and Animal By Products Regulation 2005 (as amended) were put in place following the foot and mouth outbreak just after the millennium.

This legislation states that vessels operating internationally, upon entering the European Union, must completely empty, clean and disinfect the galley and storage areas, and confirm the vessel has not left the EU since stores were replenished.

To confirm the above action has taken the captain or master of the vessel is required to complete the Disposal of Catering Waste Annex C form:

Should the vessel not comply with this requirement all waste on board must go for incineration as a category one waste or rendering that is agreed with the Port Health Authority before commencement.

Our partners

We also work with the following partner agencies to ensure consistency and transparency.

Contact us

  • Contact: Heysham Port Health Authority
  • Address: Lancaster City Council, Morecambe Town Hall, Marine Road, Morecambe, LA4 5AF
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +0044 1524 582935
  • Fax: +0044 1524 582709
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