From Norwegian ferry to hospital ship

As the Polarlys, she spent 42 years in Norwegian waters. But after joining Mercy Ships, she spent 12 busy years in Central America and the Caribbean basin, docking in more than 13 countries.

While in port, the Caribbean Mercy housed an average crew of 120 volunteers from more than 20 nations. She boasted an eye surgery unit, cargo capacity and conference and seminar facilities used for a variety of programs. Her fuel and water tanks provided a cruising range of 12 days or 3600 miles. In 2006, she was sold to a family foundation for renovation.

The Caribbean Mercy Specifications
Fleet Dates
1994-2006
Length
79.8m
Registered
Panama
Breadth
12.2m
Crew Capacity
150
Gross Tonnage
2,152
Main Engine
(1) MAK Diesel, 3,670 bhp
Built
Aalborg Denmark, 1952
Operating Theaters
2
Fuel Capacity
154 cubic m
Aux Engine
(2) Caterpillar, 320kw each
Cruising Speed
14 knots