Caribbean Mercy

 

Caribbean
Mercy

 

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, 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 3,600 miles. In 2006, she was sold to a family foundation for renovation.

Ship History

Formerly a Norwegian ferry (Polarlys), Caribbean Mercy was acquired by Mercy Ships in 1994. In her 12-year history, Caribbean Mercy contributed more than 20% of Mercy Ships total output in terms of number of services, value, and beneficiaries.

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 programs. Her fuel and water tanks provided a cruising range of 12 days or 3,600 miles.

Ship Specifications

Fleet Dates1994 - 2006
RegisteredPanama
Crew Capacity150
Main Engine(1) MAK Diesel, 3,670 bhp
Fuel Capacity154 cubic m
Cruising Speed14 knots
Length79.8m
Breadth12.2m
Gross Tonnage2,152
BuiltAalborg Denmark, 1952
Operating Theaters2
Aux Engine(2) Caterpillar, 320kw each