Mercy Ships and Stena Line, the world’s largest privately owned ferry company, have decided to enter a long-term partnership. The goal is to raise general awareness about the charity, promote volunteering and charitable giving both within Stena Line itself as well as amongst its passengers and partners.
“We have found a partner with the right qualifications and commitment who, like us, sees the advantages and flexibility in having the sea and ships as workplace. Care is part of our soul which means that our sustainability work includes more than just environmental initiatives. Our partnership with Mercy Ships now becomes an important part of that work and it gives us an exciting opportunity to involve our staff, customers and partners in making a difference.” says Stena Line’s CEO, Niclas Mårtensson.
At the end of January, Mr. Mårtensson visited the Africa Mercy, currently docked in Cotonou Benin, to see for himself the work done on-board. The Mercy Ship is a former Scandinavian rail ferry which was converted to a hospital ship with five operating theaters and spends ten months at a time in African port cities. The impressions at the visit were many as he says: “I see the great need to support Africa, where Mercy Ships with their volunteers, their commitment and knowledge, make an enormous difference. During the stay on-board the vessel in West-Africa, where I met patients and saw the operation of the organisation, I realized that this is a life-changing contribution. To see and experience this is a very important experience for me.”
You can read more about this partnership here.