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

Tamatave, Madagascar

ARRIVAL August, 2015

DEPARTURE June, 2016

Cotonou, Benin

ARRIVAL August, 2016

DEPARTURE June, 2017

Douala, Cameroon (Pending)

ARRIVAL August, 2017

DEPARTURE June, 2018

Our Fleet

At any given time during its 38-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

The Africa Mercy

Dates: 2007 - present

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Anastasis hospital ship out at sea

The Anastasis

Dates: 1978-2007

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The Caribbean Mercy sails to a new destination

The Caribbean Mercy

Dates: 1994-2006

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The 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

meet our crew