A Remarkable Hospital Ship

Volunteers from over 49 nations have served onboard the Africa Mercy, which was acquired in 1999 and refurbished specifically for the Mercy Ships mission. It is the largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world, effectively more than doubling the annual medical capacity of her predecessors.

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Africa Mercy Specifications
Fleet Dates
2007 - present
Crew Capacity
Gross Tonnage
Main Engine
4 B&W (3120 kW each)
Elsinore, Denmark 1980

Facilities and Features

State-of-the-art facilities

The hospital includes five operating theatres, recovery, intensive care, and low dependency wards—totaling 80 patient beds.

  • Onboard surgical capacity: ~7,000 interventions per year
  • Instruments of note: CT Scan, X-Ray, laboratory services, a Nikon Coolscope for remote diagnosis
  • Data transmission: Onboard satellite communication system transmits diagnoses and other data

Bringing care to local communities

In addition to the surgeries performed onboard, ship-based teams serve in local villages providing a wide array of services to increase health and well-being which includes:

  • Dental clinics
  • Medical clinics
  • Community health education
  • Construction and agricultural training

Transporting our most precious cargo

Africa Mercy has meeting and work spaces as well as berths for an average crew of 450. This includes 26 family cabins, 25 couples/2-berth cabins, and the balance consists of 1, 2, 3, and 4-berth cabins.

Safety and security

  • Automatic sprinkler system located throughout accommodation and hospital areas
  • Smoke detector system pinpoints any fire’s exact location
  • CO2 gas-flooding system as well as a “Hi Fog” system controls localized machinery fires
  • 24-hour security guards, metal detector, and screening devices
  • Closed-circuit TV monitors. Critical spaces locked 24/7

Africa Mercy Schedule

Douala, Cameroon

ARRIVAL August, 2017

DEPARTURE June, 2018

Conakry, Guinea

ARRIVAL August, 2018

DEPARTURE June, 2019

Dakar, Senegal

ARRIVAL August, 2019

DEPARTURE June, 2020