The largest civilian hospital ship in the world, the Global Mercy, has been delivered to charity Mercy Ships and is preparing for its maiden voyage to Europe in its final leg before deploying on its first mission to Africa. Built at the Tianjin Xingang Shipyard in northern China under the direction of the Stena RoRo project, the 37,000 gross tonne vessel was part of a traditional ceremony intended to bring her luck before she left the shipyard.
“We are very proud to take delivery of this special vessel,” said Per Westling, Managing Director of Stena RoRo. “The activities to be carried out on board have imposed certain specific and strict requirements on the shipbuilding industry. For the shipyard, this was the first time they had built a ship of this type – a challenge they took up extremely well. For Mercy Ships, delivery means their ability to provide care has more than doubled, and at Stena RoRo we are happy to be a part of their fantastic job building the Global Mercy. “
The project to create this unique vessel started in 2013. Swedish Stena RoRo was responsible for the design, procurement and execution of the project, while Barry Rogliano Salles from France served as broker. Detailed designs were prepared by Deltamarin and construction was carried out at Tianjin Xingang Shipyard in China. The 570-foot-long vessel, listed by Lloyd’s Register, will sail under the Maltese flag and operate along the African coasts.
Under the command of Captain Taylor Perez and a crew recruited by Stena Northern Marine Manning Services and airlifted to China, the hospital ship is now preparing to leave China. In the final phase of preparing for its mission, the ship will first go to Belgium, where over the next few months it will be staffed with volunteers and have the latest medical equipment installed. It will then continue in Rotterdam to be presented to sponsors, future volunteers, the media and other interested parties. After that, the Global Mercy will be ready to sail to West Africa for a service in Dakar, Senegal.
Fifth ship in the history of the mission, she doubles the Mercy Ships fleet by joining the African Mercy, which has been sailing since 2007. As part of the NGO’s mission, to provide free health care to the world’s poorest . For the first time, Mercy Ships will have a vessel designed and built for the specific needs of the organization. Previous ships were smaller and converted from passenger and other operations to hospital ships.
The hospital on board the Global Mercy covers two decks with over 75,000 square feet of space. Among other things, the ship has six operating theaters, beds for 200 people, a laboratory and an eye clinic. The crew and medical staff will number 641 and, in addition to onboard services, the ship will also support programs ashore, including dental and medical clinics and community health education.
the Global Mercy should arrive in Senegal for its first mission in early 2022.