Following a ceremony at the shipyard in China at the end of last month, the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, ‘Global Mercy’ (pictured), was delivered to the charity organisation Mercy Ships.
Stena RoRo has been working on the global project since 2013.
Her maiden voyage will be to Europe where she will be further outfitted before continuing to Senegal for her first contribution to Mercy Ship’s work in providing life-changing healthcare to the world’s poorest.
’Global Mercy’ was built at the Tianjin Xingang shipyard in northern China under Stena RoRo project management.
“We are very proud to take delivery of this special ship,” said Per Westling, Stena RoRo Managing Director. “The activities to be carried out on board have placed certain special and stringent demands on shipbuilding.
“For the shipyard, it was the first time they had built a vessel of this type – a challenge they have managed extremely well. For Mercy Ships, the delivery means that their capacity to provide care has more than doubled, and at Stena RoRo we are happy to be a part of their fantastic work through the construction of the ’Global Mercy’,” he added.
The crew was recruited by another Stena company, Northern Marine Manning Services and they were flown to China.
The ship is currently on her way to Belgium, where during the next few months, she will be staffed with volunteers and will have the last of the medical equipment installed.
She will then continue to Rotterdam to be presented to sponsors, future volunteers, the media and other interested parties. After that, ‘Global Mercy’ will be ready to sail to West Africa for service at Dakar in Senegal.
Mercy Ships provides free healthcare to the world’s poorest. Among other facilities, ‘Global Mercy’ has six operating theatres, beds for 200 people, a laboratory and eye clinic. She is the first ship to have been designed and built for the specific needs of the organisation. Previous vessels have been built for other operations and converted into hospital ships.
Mercy Ships also contributes to the establishment of local skills and the infrastructure for medical care by training local healthcare personnel in the host countries. As a result, ‘Global Mercy’ is also equipped with training facilities.
Stena RoRo was responsible for the design, contracting and execution of the project. Paris-based Barry Rogliano Salles (BRS) served as the broker, detailed design was undertaken by Finnish Deltamarin and construction was carried out at the Tianjin Xingang shipyard in China.
The vessel is classed by Lloyd’s Register and she sails under the Maltese flag and will operate along the African coast.