Our newest ship, the Global Mercy, will soon join our fleet as the world’s first purpose-built civilian hospital ship. This ship was built by drawing on our 40 years of organizational experience.

Once she joins the Mercy Ships fleet, the Global Mercy will more than double our surgical and training capacity, and it is expected that more than 150,000 lives will be changed onboard through surgery over the lifespan of this new ship.

After construction is completed, this hospital ship will have the facilities needed to carry out a wide range of surgeries, including repairing cleft lips and palates, removing cataracts and life-threatening tumors, correcting debilitating burn contractures, and more.

With an expected service life of 50 years, the Global Mercy will continue a legacy of improved healthcare delivery in every nation we serve. Together we can make a difference in the lives of thousands and change the surgical landscape of whole countries, not only in the immediate future but for decades to come!


“Mercy Ships has the potential, within a generation, to help rewrite the healthcare narrative in Africa. We can train medical professionals and upgrade the quality of hospitals and clinics — all while saving lives. Imagine the hope and healing provided by this unique new ship!
—Don Stephens, Founder


A dream years in the making. 

The vision to transform lives by bringing hope and healing has guided Mercy Ships since the beginning. With each ship, lives are transformed in the nations we serve. But the need is ongoing.

Expansion and growth will facilitate more—more surgeries for those in need; more health professionals trained and mentored; MORE LIVES CHANGED!

Over the last 40 years, we’ve worked hard to increase the number of people impacted by the life-changing medical care found onboard our hospital ships. Since the launch of the Africa Mercy in 2007, Mercy Ships has planned to add another ship capable of greater capacity to our fleet.

Now, after years of working towards this goal, we are excited to announce that something big is on the horizon…

“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.”

—Hebrews 3:4