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!
I – 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.
Layout of the new ship
|Length:||174 m||Gross Tonnage:||37’000|
|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|
|Surveyed by:||Lloyd’s Register – UK|
II – 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.
Hospital wards – Deck 4
Surgical suite – Deck 3
Crew facilities include:
|Academy:||125 students||Cafe & Shop|
|Patient Capacity:||199 volunteers||Pool|
|Surgical Suite:||6 operating rooms||Library|
All pre-operative and post-operative work include:
|Radiology:||with X-Ray & CT Scan|
Training spaces include:
|Simulation Lab with virtual and augmented reality|
|Simulated Post op Care Space|
|Mannequins & Other Training Tools|