About Us

The Hull & Goole Port Health Authority is a Joint Board local authority partnership, originally constituted by Parliament as the Hull & Goole Port Sanitary Authority on 11 June 1887 by virtue of a Statutory Instrument (Port Order).

Authority Minutes 1896 and onwards are kept at the Hull office (see the 'History' page).

The latest Port Order of March 2011 sets out the area of jurisdiction, one of the largest in the UK. It specifies the local representation by Elected Members of each of the 3 constituent Riparian Authorities (local authorities with ports within their districts). These are:

hull city council east riding council north lincolnshire council

- The Authority is funded by a levy against each of the 3 authorities which is agreed annually.

- The Authority Chair is Councillor T Neal, of Hull City Council.

- The Clerk to the Authority is the Town Clerk at Hull City Council.

- The Chief Port Health Inspector, Sally Johnson, is Chief Officer and manager of the Authority.

This map shows the Authority's area, which on the north bank of the River Humber, extends from just east of Paull and includes Saltend jetties, Hull Docks, and the River Hull. We include the Port of Howden and Goole Docks on the River Ouse, together with the River Trent wharves within our area. The south Humber ports of Barrow Haven, New Holland, North and South Killingholme (Humber Sea Terminal & gas and oil terminals) and The Humber International Terminal at Immingham also form a large part of our area.

The Ouse and Trent extremities are those areas within the boundary of North Lincolnshire Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 

Our Head Office is situated at 257 Hessle Road in Kingston-upon-Hull

The Authority is managed by Mrs Sally Johnson, MCIEH, the Chief Port Health Inspector, and operates with 5 specialist Port Health Inspectors (Environmental Health Practitioners) a Technical Officer and 2 Administrative Officers. We also have a number of additional part-time appointments, Port Medical Officers (Doctors on-call) from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Port Analysts, Food Examiners (Microbiological), Clerk to the Authority, Legal Services, HR etc.

The Humber Ports complex is the largest (by tonnage) in the UK and has the fourth largest share of world tonnage in Northern Europe. Our ports on the north and south banks of the Humber are at the forefront of major developments in off-shore wind turbine technology.

With more than £75bn worth of trade annually our ports have seen a transformation with major investment by port operators (www.humber.com).

Ships arrive from around the world with an infinite variety of cargoes, many of which are of interest to our highly trained officers, who enforce the relevant legislation. They are also available to offer advice or refer enquiries to other agencies.

We aim to provide an effective, professional and highly efficient service, without placing undue burdens on business. We recognise that shipping is a dynamic and global business which requires a high level of expertise and practical understanding in applying legislative controls and checks. Our foremost objective is the protection of public, animal and environmental health. We will be open and accountable in everything we do. Please refer to our Enforcement Policies which can be found on this website.

The Humber Emergency Planning Service web-link is

We maintain close links with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) 

Latest weekly news can be seen at

Our Annual Service Plan and Food Service Plan can be found on the "Our Service" page.

If you are not satisfied with our standard of service, please refer to our Service Complaints Policy (on the "Our Service" webpage) and contact the Chief Port Health Inspector at the Hull Office.

The Authority is a "Category 1 Responder" under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. This places our officers in the front line of Emergency Planning and response. Please use this link for further information


The Authority is a member of the Humber Local Resilience Forum.