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It is the duty of the pilot to inform the Master about the Quarantine Regulations, when boarding an inward bound ship. Ships proceeding to Amsterdam or Zaanstad will be examined by the doctor stationed at Amsterdam. This medical authority decides whether the ship will be allowed to proceed to its destination or has to go to Amsterdam for quarantine. Uninfected vessels, coming from a plague infected country or port carrying a valid Derattization Certificate or a Derattization Exemption Certificate are exempted from a sanitary examination, in this case the Master hands this official certificate to the pilot and is prepared to comply with the regulations of the Dutch Minister of Public Health. Vessels subject to medical inspection are to display the following signal:
By day: The International Code Signal Z.U. and number of question mentioned in the Maritime Health Declaration
By night: By light signalling. - Will soon be cancelled, except the morse-signalling and/or VHF


The Netherlands Quarantine Regulations are based on the International Health Regulations with reference to the following diseases:

  • Plague
  • Yellow Fever
  • Cholera

According to the Dutch law infectious diseases are moreover:

  • Ornithosis (including Psittacosis)
  • Typhoid fever
  • Paratyphoid fever (Schottmuller and other salmonellae)
  • Food poisoning
  • Undulant fever (Brucellosis)
  • Bacillary Dysentery
  • Rubella Diphtheria
  • Meningitis
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Encephalitis lethargica
  • Lyssa
  • Leprosy
  • Leptospirosis
  • Tetanus
  • Malaria
  • Viral Hepatitis
  • Recurrent fever
  • Rabies
  • Typhus exanthematicis
  • Anthrax
  • Pertussis
  • Q-fever
  • Trichinosis
  • Tularaemia
  • Gonorroea
  • Syphilis
  • Parotitis epidemica
  • Lassafever and other African Hemorrhagic viral fervers
  • Measles
  • Tuberculosis


  1. In case there is a patient suffering from any infectious disease on board of his ship, or a member of the crew or passengers have suffered or died in consequence of an infectious disease, the Master according to low is obliged to inform the Burgomaster, by reporting the case to the Municipal Medical and Health Service of IJmuiden or Amsterdam who if necessary assigns a berth to the ship, were it is to be kept out of any communication with shore or craft, until the Municipal Medical and Health Service declares in the name of the Burgomaster, that all necessary measures have been performed according to the law.
  2. In case an infectious disease is observed on board his ship, after berthing in this port, the Master or his representative is obliged to inform the Burgomaster, by reporting the case at the Municipal Medical an Health Service, phone 020-5555911. The Master is moreover obliged to hoist the Code Signal Z.U., in case of diseases named in the Quarantine Regulations.
  3. He is liable to punishment who conveys or causes to be conveyed any person suffering from a contagious disease in any other way than by the means of conveyance or vessels reserved for that purpose by and attainable from the Municipal Medical and Health Service, 100 Nieuwe Achtergracht, telephone 020-5555911.
  4. He is liable to punishment who transports or permits to transport, or makes a present of, or permits the use of articles which have been in contact with patients suffering from or persons died of infectious diseases, unless the said articles have been declared free by the foreside Municipal Service.
  5. He is liable to punishment who causes danger or infection to other people by imprudence or negligence.
  6. The Master or his representative is obliged to inform the Officials of the Sanitary Service and the Harbour Service of cases of illness amongst the crew and passengers or a high mortality amongst the rats on board of the ship and to furnish all information which may be desired concerning the sanitation of the ship.

Derattization and disinsectization

For fumigation and disinsectization at Amsterdam, Ijmuiden and Zaanstad apply to the Dienst Ongediertebestrijding (Municipal Pest Control), Nieuwe Achtergracht 100, 1018 WT, Amsterdam, P.O.Box 2200, 1000 CE, Amsterdam,telephone 020-5555600, fax 020-5555690, E-mail

According to Art. 53 of the International Health Regulations and Art. 199-2 sub a. of the General Police Regulations Amsterdam, whilst being moored at Amsterdam, adequate rat guards have to be fitted on all mooring lines and care must be taken that these rat guards are kept in place during the stay at Amsterdam

For sanitary inspection and issue of Deratting Exemption Certificates for ships in the port of IJmuiden apply to the Dienst Reiniging, Amsterdam, Velsen Zuid, telephone 0255-519000.

Charges, levied in the ports of Amsterdam, Zaanstad and IJmuiden, for sanitary inspection and issue of Deratting Exemption Certificates for ships, between 08.00 a.m. and 04.00 p.m.:
Classification  Amount of fee
Up to 1000 24.05
1001 - 7000 38.57
7001 - 15000 49.92
15001 - 50000 61.26
above 5000 75.78

These charges will be increased to 150% if inspection takes place between 04.00 p.m. and 08.00 a.m. abd ib a Saturday, Sunday or official holiday. The Charges are increased by the expenses incurred for the staff and the transport of the staff who carries out the investigation.

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Last modified at 9/18/2008 11:25 AM  by Jeroen van der Veen