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.
Formerly a Norwegian ferry (Polarlys), the Caribbean Mercy was acquired by Mercy Ships in 1994. In her 12-year history, the Caribbean Mercy contributed more than 20% of Mercy Ships
The Caribbean Mercy was outfitted with an eye surgery unit, cargo capacity and accommodation for up to 150 people while in port, as well as conference and seminar facilities used for a variety
of programmes. Her fuel and water tanks provided a cruising range of 12 days, or 3,600 miles.