A sailing hospital. A vessel of hope.

Our ships are state-of-the-art facilities that offer clean water, reliable electricity and care centers. Because over 50% of the population lives within 100 miles of the coast, we’re able to sail a modern hospital ship with a crew of 400 volunteers directly to people who lack access to first-rate medical care.

Where we’re working

Country                                Arrival                                                  Departure

Guinea                                 August, 2018                                      June, 2019

Senegal                               August, 2019                                      June, 2020

Liberia                                 August, 2020                                      June, 2021

Introducing the Global Mercy!

We are thrilled to officially introduce our new ship — the Global Mercy! This new addition to our fleet, the world’s first purpose-built civilian hospital ship, enables us to provide even more free surgeries and medical training than ever before. Adding this new ship to the Mercy Ships fleet will more than double our capacity, extending the reach of safe surgery even further!



Our Fleet

At any given time during its nearly 40-year history, Mercy Ships has had between 1 and 3 ships in service. Currently, the Africa Mercy is the only Mercy Ship in service, but it represents greater capacity than all prior hospital ships combined. Since the deployment of the Africa Mercy, Mercy Ships has been committed to adding another ship to the fleet.

Africa Mercy the world's largest international hospital ship sailing

Africa Mercy

Dates: 2007 - present

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Dates: 1978-2007

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The Caribbean Mercy sails to a new destination

Caribbean Mercy

Dates: 1994-2006

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Good Samaritan

Dates: 1983-2001

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Meet our dedicated volunteers

Meet the devoted people who help ensure we run the tightest of ships

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