Mercy Ships presents 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.


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

Length 174 m Gross Tonnage 37,000
Breadth 28.6 m Decks 12
Draft 6.1 m Main Engines 4 x Warsila 6L32
with 2 x ABB Azipods

Who is in charge of what

Built by Xingang Shipyard (CSSC) – Tijanjin, china
Project management Stena RoRo – Gothenburg, Sweden
Construction design Deltamarin – Turkeu, Finland
Brokerage BRS, Geneva
Surveyed by Lloyd’s Register – UK
Flagged Malta
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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%.

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

Video: the Global Mercy arrives in Antwerp (Belgium)