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Fees for Sanitation Inspection of Cruise Ships

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


General notice.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces fees for vessel sanitation inspections for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. These inspections are conducted by HHS/CDC's Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP). VSP helps the cruise line industry fulfill its responsibility for developing and implementing comprehensive sanitation programs to minimize the risk for acute gastroenteritis. Every vessel that has a foreign itinerary and carries 13 or more passengers is subject to twice-yearly unannounced inspections and, when necessary, reinspection.


These fees are effective October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018.

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CDR Aimee Treffiletti, Chief, Vessel Sanitation Program, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway NE., MS F-59, Atlanta, Georgia 30341-3717; phone: 800-323-2132, 770-488-7070, or 954-356-6650; email:

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Purpose and Background

HHS/CDC established the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) in the 1970s as a cooperative activity with the cruise ship industry. VSP helps the cruise ship industry prevent and control the introduction, transmission, and spread of gastrointestinal illnesses on cruise ships. VSP operates under the authority of the Public Health Service Act (Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act; 42 U.S.C. 264, “Control of Communicable Diseases”). Regulations found at 42 CFR 71.41 (Foreign Quarantine—Requirements Upon Arrival at U.S. Ports: Sanitary Inspection; General Provisions) state that carriers arriving at U.S. ports from foreign areas are subject to sanitary inspections to determine whether rodent, insect, or other vermin infestations exist, contaminated food or water, or other sanitary conditions requiring measures for the prevention of the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases are present.

The fee schedule for sanitation inspections of passenger cruise ships by VSP was first published in the Federal Register on November 24, 1987 (52 FR 45019). HHS/CDC began collecting fees on March 1, 1988. This notice announces fees that are effective for FY 2018, beginning on October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018.

The following formula will be used to determine the fees:

Total cost of VSP = Total cost of operating the program, such as administration, travel, staffing, sanitation inspections, and outbreak response.

Weighted number of annual inspections = Total number of ships and inspections per year accounting for vessel size, number of inspectors needed for vessel size, travel logistics to conduct inspections, and vessel location and arrivals in U.S. jurisdiction per year.

The fee schedule was originally established and published in the Federal Register on July 17, 1987 (52 FR 27060). It was most recently published in the Federal Register on August 19, 2016 (81 FR 55460). The fee schedule for FY 2018 is presented in Appendix A.


The fee schedule (Appendix A) will be effective October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018.


The fees will apply to all passenger cruise vessels for which inspections are conducted as part of HHS/CDC's VSP. Inspections and reinspections involve the same procedures, require the same amount of time, and are therefore charged at the same rates.

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Dated: July 12, 2017.

Sandra Cashman,

Executive Secretary, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Appendix A

Fee Schedule for Each Vessel Size

Vessel size (GRT 1)Inspection fee
Extra Small (<3,000 GRT)US$1,495
Small (3,001-15,000 GRT)2,990
Medium (15,001-30,000 GRT)5,980
Large (30,001-60,000 GRT)8,970
Extra Large (60,001-120,000 GRT)11,960
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Mega (>120,001 GRT)17,940
1 Gross register tonnage in cubic feet, as shown in Lloyd's Register of Shipping.
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[FR Doc. 2017-14906 Filed 7-14-17; 8:45 am]