A Remarkable Hospital Ship
Volunteers from over 49 nations have served onboard the Africa Mercy, which was acquired in 1999 and built 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.take the 360° tour
At 16,572 tons the Africa Mercy is currently the largest civilian hospital ship in the world.
Acquired in 1999 through a donation from the Balcraig Foundation, the former Danish rail ferry Droning Ingrid was re-named the Africa Mercy in April 2000.
The Africa Mercy has meeting and work spaces as well as berths for an average crew of 450, and has had over 3,400 crew from 72 countries serve on board since its inception in 2007.
Equipped with numerous vehicles, Mercy Ships is able to deliver hope and healing to less accessible areas.
Mercy Ships crew are compassionate, resilient, adventuresome, and international. Together this unique group of people serve in many roles with a common vision: to bring hope and healing to the poor.
Facilities and Features
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
The 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
The Africa Mercy Schedule
ARRIVAL August, 2015
DEPARTURE June, 2016
ARRIVAL August, 2016
DEPARTURE June, 2017
ARRIVAL August, 2017
DEPARTURE June, 2018