Mercy Ships Announces the Global Mercy™, World’s Largest NGO Hospital Ship

Over 16 million people die each year due to lack of surgical care; Mercy Ships is building a response to this world problem for the future. The charity aims to increase its work with partner nations in Africa to help meet this challenge. To this end, Mercy Ships announces the forthcoming launch of a new hospital ship!

The Global Mercy™ will deliver a safe and clean environment to various African nations, providing help and resources from some of the most well-trained physicians in the world. Over the vessel’s 50 year expected lifespan, it is estimated that more than 150,000 lives will be changed on board through surgery alone.

The 174-meter, 37,000-ton ship will have six operating rooms and house over 600 volunteers from around the globe representing many disciplines including surgeons, maritime crew, cooks, teachers, electricians, the host staff and more. The ship will also feature a 682-seat auditorium, student academy, gymnasium, pool, café, shop and library – all of which have been designed to accommodate up to 950 crew on board when docked in port.

The ship is still under construction. The Global Mercy™ is expected to start its first field service in Africa at the end of 2021.

 

Get involved!

The Global Mercy™ will join the current flagship Africa Mercy, more than doubling the impact of volunteers and services we provide. And thanks to all local partners – health professionals, hospitals and clinics and local NGOs – this is an unprecedented opportunity to contribute in improving the access to surgical care in Africa.

Join us by donating or volunteering on board! Together we can help to improve access to surgical care in Africa in a sustainable way.

Layout of the new ship

Ship Specifications

Length174 mGross Tonnage37,000
Breadth28.6 mDecks12
Draft6.1 mMain Engines4 x Warsila 6L32
with 2 x ABB Azipods

Who is in charge of what

Built byXingang Shipyard (CSSC) – Tijanjin, china
Project managementStena RoRo – Gothenburg, Sweden
Construction designDeltamarin – Turkeu, Finland
BrokerageBRS, Geneva
Surveyed byLloyd’s Register – UK
FlaggedMalta
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Filtering & treating AC condensate water for technical use will reduce potable water use by approximately 50%

Ship systems provide reliable and efficient power, clean water, and air conditioning for the hospital and crew.

High efficiency air conditioning systems reduce total energy consumption by approximately 15%.

FAQ
Why hospital ships?

According to the Lancet Global Surgery 2030 Report, an estimated number of 16.9 million people die yearly due to lack of access to surgical care.1 Over 93 percent of the population of sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to safe and timely surgery.

As COVID-19 threatens the stability of already fragile healthcare systems globally, the need to provide basic life-saving care is greater than ever, especially in low-to-middle income countries.

Why use ships?

Over 50% of the world’s population lives within 100 miles of the coast. Our ships deliver a state-of-the-art hospital to port cities, providing a controlled, safe and clean environment for patients and volunteers.

Download the full detail on the Global Mercy™

Global Mercy™ presentation

Technical information about our new ship

Watch the construction of the ship... in 30 seconds!