There is currently a pandemic of a novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) which is affecting the UK among other countries. This situation has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization Emergency Committee, under the International Health Regulations.

A Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH) is required for all vessels on arrival from a foreign port.

However, in response to this situation regarding COVID-19, Health Protection Scotland and the Scottish Ports Liaison Network require that information be submitted to the Scottish Port Health Authority of the ports in the table below in the following cases irrespective of the vessel or whether it is arriving from a foreign port or another UK port:

The information we require is the same as that required in the current MDH and should therefore allow Port Authority to establish

We ask that the master of the vessel submit the information electronically using the current MDH form, where possible, for convenience.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, cough or chest tightness, muscle pain, fatigue and breathing difficulty. The Master of the ship should consider any of these as grounds for suspecting the existence of a disease of an infectious nature in addition to those listed on the current MDH.

Where a port operator or ship’s agent receives notice that there are ill persons on a vessel then:

Further information can be found on the Scottish Government,Health Protection Scotland and World Health Organization websites.

Who to contact

The following are the contact details for submitting your Maritime Declaration of Health:

Ports / Terminals:
Montrose Port Authority
01674 679916

Port Health Authority Contact Details:
Angus Council (Port Health Authority)
03452 777 778

NHS Public Health (local Health Protection Team) Contact Details:
NHS Tayside Health Protection team
Tel: 01382 596976 (0900hrs – 1700hrs); any other time call 01382 660111

Radio Channel for Harbourmaster:
VHF Channel 12

Further Information:

Health Protection Scotland – Maritime section

World Health Organization

Public Health England