Q: Is there a vessel inspection on Saturdays and Sundays?

A: No vessel inspection on weekends and holidays. The vessel inspection schedule is from Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Request for inspection and other prior arrangements is required.

Q: How much is the processing fee for a ship sanitation certificate?

A: It depends on the net tonnage of the vessel. Please refer to the Citizen’s Charter for fees and charges.

Q: When is the seminar for food handlers and stewards?

A: The usual schedule of seminars is every Thursday (7:30 am to 12 pm). If it falls on a holiday or instances of force majeure, it may be scheduled earlier or later. An endorsement letter for a seminar from the company is required. Food handlers and stewards would be informed accordingly.

Q: What are the requirements for a ship sanitation certificate?

A: On-site vessel inspection, inspection report, and attached documents reviewed. Vessel inspection should be scheduled by fulfilling the request for inspection, and other administrative arrangements should be prepared accordingly (see Process Flow in the Citizens Charter)

Q: What are the seminar requirements on basic hygiene and sanitation for food handlers and stewards?

A: Medical requirements for food handlers / stewards and a seminar endorsement letter from the company would also be a basis for the scheduling of seminar participants.

Q: What are the requirements for a Sanitation Certificate?

A: Inspection Report, official list of food handlers (with company letterhead and authorized signatories), original and photocopy of food handlers health certificate and payment of 300.00

Q: Who should attend the Seminar on Basic Hygiene and Sanitation for Food Handlers and Stewards?

A: Personnel who are assigned, whether on a casual, contractual, and permanent basis, to handle, store, prepare and serve foods or drinks in food service establishments (FSE) within the port, airport areas (including VIP lounges), and inside inter-island vessels. FSE manager / supervisor, vessel chief cook, assistant cook / galley steward, and those working in in-flight catering services are also included. FSE owners are highly encouraged to attend the seminar.