CARGO DAY on October 19: when the shipping and trading community embrace Mercy Ships.

Garden Valley, TX, October 13, 2016: October 19th is Cargo Day.  For the first time ever, the global shipping and trading community will work together during the Mercy Ships Cargo Day to raise support for Mercy Ships, a global nonprofit. Mercy Ships operates the world’s largest private hospital ship, serving in the poorest countries in the world, as ranked by the United Nations Human Development Index. A second ship is currently under construction and will be fully deployed in 2018, thus expanding the ability of Mercy Ships to deliver medical care, while significantly increasing capacity building and training potential.

Thanks to the combined action of the shipping and trading community through the Cargo Day, Mercy Ships can continue to use its hospital ship to help millions of people in need of surgical and medical care.

How can I get involved?

The butterfly effect is the concept that small changes can have large effects, creating significantly different outcomes.

The shipping and trading community wishes to raise support for Mercy Ships, to support their mission to increase access to healthcare worldwide through the deployment of the world’s largest private hospital ship.

For the first time, all the actors involved in the shipping and commodity trading industry will be able to collaborate on a dedicated event aiming to improve the lives of millions of people.

On the 19th October 2016, participants will be able to pledge cargoes, make donations or share their commission in favor of Mercy Ships. This day will be known as “Cargo Day.”

Why should I participate?

Whether you are a charterer, a shipbroker, a port agent or an inspection company, you can all participate in this unprecedented event.

Charterers will pledge cargoes (these cargoes are called Mercy Cargoes) to participating shipbrokers, port agents and inspection companies, who will then donate 50% of their commission made on these cargoes to Mercy Ships. Charterers and ship owners will also have the possibility to make a pledge directly to Mercy Ships through three levels of donation.

Simply click on the link “I want to participate” found here:  Participate in CargoDay and follow the instructions that appear on your screen. You can also simply send an email and a Cargo Day representative will get in touch with you.




Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, capacity building and sustainable development to those with little access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1.3 billion, treating more than 2.56 million direct beneficiaries. The Africa Mercy is crewed by 400 volunteers from up to 40 nations, an average of 1000 each year. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. With offices in 16 nations, Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. For more information click on

For More Information Contact:
For USA: Pauline Rick
US Public Relations Coordinator
Mercy Ships
Office Tel: (903) 939-7000
Mob: (972) 922-5442

For Int’l: Diane Rickard
International Media Manager
Mercy Ships

Hi-res photos and general Mercy Ships B-Roll video footage are available upon request.