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

According to the Lancet Global Surgery 2030 Report, 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 organization 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 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 in 2022.

Global Mercy

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, Finnland
Brokerage:BRS, Genf
Surveyed by:Lloyd’s Register – UK

The Hospital

The hospital area is 7,000 m2. In addition to providing surgeries, the Global Mercy™ will be outfitted with state-of-the-art training spaces including a simulation lab with virtual and augmented reality, mannequins and other training tools and simulated post-op care space, which allow trainers to simulate local conditions and limitations in order to teach best practices in low-resource environments.

The Global Mercy™ will join the current flagship Africa Mercy, more than doubling the impact of volunteers and services provided by Mercy Ships.

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Hospital wards – Deck 4

Surgical suite – Deck 3

Crew facilities include:

Auditorium:682 seatsGymnasium
Academy:125 studentsCafe & Shop
Patient Capacity:199 volunteersPool
Surgical Suite:6 operating roomsLibrary

All pre-operative and post-operative work include:

Radiologywith X-Ray & CT Scan
Outpatient Care 

Training spaces include:

Simulation Lab with virtual and augmented reality
Simulated Post op Care Space
Mannequins & Other Training Tools


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. 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

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.

Energy-efficient LEDs in light fixtures. Low sulfur marine fuels help reduce contaminants. Sailing at low speeds between ports to reduce carbon emissions. Complying to international (MARPOL 73-78) standards, with regulate what ships do with waste, oil, sewage, garbage and air pollution.

Mercy Ships currently complies with many maritime industry standards that regulate what the ships do with waste, oil, sewage, garbage and air pollution — one of which is the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships Maritime Pollution (MARPOL 73-78) standards. Additionally, to lower its CO2 footprint, Mercy Ships utilizes marine fuels that meet the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 0.5% Sulphur cap – which helps reduce carbon emissions. Additionally, the ships also sail at low speeds between ports.

The simulation lab will allow trainers to simulate local conditions & limitations in order to teach best practices in low-resource environments.

Training opportunities include:

  • Post-op scenario training for nursing teams
  • Surgical technical teams basic skills training
  • Basic surgical skills training to prepare trainees for live surgical experience
  • Live surgical mentoring in selected high demand, elective procedures

Download the full detail on the Global Mercy

Global Mercy presentation

Technical information about our new ship

Watch the Global Mercy construction

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“I applaud the Mercy Ships in their efforts of transformational development as they make a lasting difference in a world of need"

"During my 3-week absence from Hopital Be (CHUT), the men continued to maintain cleanliness by giving the dept a thorough clean every morning. They have rotated almost all of their instrument sets through a rust remover solution, followed by a diligent scrubbing, which has removed years of soil build up. One of the men commented that the OR staff thought the hospital had received new instruments. Once they realized the reason for their shiny instruments was thanks to proper cleaning, they commended the men for doing a great job. This has been really encouraging for the men, and as a result I've noticed an improvement in their attention and engagement in the training. It is also encouraging for us to see these new changes being embraced and applied."

The Global Mercy


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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%.

641 Crew capacity: Medical, Technical, Non-tech/Non-med & Family.

Ship services are designed to host up to 950 people including local day-crew.

Hospital area is 7,000 m2.

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