International ships arriving at ports in Nelson or Marlborough must have a current pratique licence and Ship Sanitation Certificate.

Granting of Pratique

  • these confirm that a ship is free from contagious disease
  • they are obtained by following the Port Health Authority Pratique Procedure
  • without pratique, a ship is liable to quarantine controls set out in the Health Act 1956.

Ship Sanitation Certificates

  • these must be renewed every six months
  • the certification process is managed by a region's public health service
  • the process includes an audit of the ship's cleaning and waste management procedures and medical facilities, and a physical inspection of the ship.

Contact:

Port Health Authority – Public Health Service

Email: porthealth@nmdhb.govt.nz

Phone: Nelson (03) 546 1537

Marlborough (03) 520 9914

After hours: (03) 546 1800