Mercy Ships provided a glimpse of the world’s largest NGO hospital ship which plans to sail to Africa in late 2021 under the name of Global Mercy. Mercy Ships, a faith-based global organization powered by charitable donors and volunteers, has been providing world-class surgical care to those in need for more than 40 years, free of charge.
The Global Mercy under construction at the Tianjin Xingang shipyard, 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 onboard when docked in port.
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 onboard through surgery alone. Global Mercy is the second hospital ship and it will join Mercy Ship’s Africa Mercy, which has been in service in Africa since 2007.
- Length 174 meters
- Weight 37,000 tons
- Breadth: 28.6 meters
- Draught: 6.15 meters
- 6 operating rooms
- Accommodation for up 950 crew and guests