Global Mercy




Announcing the Global Mercy™
Double the Hope. Double the Healing.

Our newest hospital ship, the Global Mercy™, is the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, capable of more than doubling our surgical and training capacity. Over her 50 year expected lifespan, more than 150,000 lives are estimated to be changed onboard through surgery alone!

With the help of countless volunteers, this medical marvel will more than double our capacity to deliver safe surgical care to people in need and provide medical training in the countries we serve. That means more lives saved, more lives transformed.

The sequential steps in the building process include up to 16 months of detailed design work, construction of the hull and installation of machinery systems, outfitting the accommodation decks/hospital, extensive testing and trials prior to delivery from shipyard, installation of additional medical equipment and general supplies and further testing prior to deployment.

Our Newest Hospital Ship

The vision to transform lives by bringing hope and healing has guided Mercy Ships since the beginning. With each ship, lives are transformed in the nations we serve. But the need is ongoing.

The Global Mercy™ hospital deck will be ready to carry out a wide range of surgeries like maxillofacial and plastic-reconstructive surgery to address tumor removal and debilitating burn contractures, cleft lip and palate repair, orthopedics, cataract removal, and obstetric fistula repair.

This expansion and growth will facilitate more — more surgeries for those in need; more health professionals trained and mentored; MORE LIVES CHANGED!

Stay tuned for future updates on the Global Mercy™ progress.

Facilities & Features


State-of-the-Art Facilities

The hospital covers most of decks 3 and 4 – approximately 7,000 square meters containing:

  • supply services
  • 6 operating theaters
  • 102 acute care beds
  • 7 ICU/isolation beds
  • an additional 90 self-care beds

The hospital area includes dedicated classroom/ conference spaces as well as simulator labs for more effective training. All pre-operative and post-operative work can be done onboard rather than ashore, which minimizes the Mercy Ships footprint when operating in busy ports.

The new ship will more than double our annual medical capacity and is designed to carry out a wide range of surgeries including, but not limited to:

  • maxillofacial & reconstructive surgery
  • tumor removal
  • cleft lip & palate repair
  • plastics
  • orthopedic surgery
  • cataract removal
  • obstetric fistula repair


Bringing Care to Local Communities

In addition to the surgeries performed onboard, ship-based teams serve in local villages providing a wide array of services to increase health and well-being which includes:

  • Dental clinics
  • Medical clinics
  • Community health education
  • Construction and agricultural training


Transporting Our Most Precious Cargo

The Global Mercy™ will have meeting and work spaces with numerous design considerations based upon prior operating experience and crew feedback. The ship incorporates the latest comprehensive technology for crew safety and security and will provide accommodation for 641 people including crew and medical staff onboard. The ship services are designed to host up to 950 people when the hospital is working and additional day-crew are serving onboard in various functions such as translators.


Safety and Security

  • Automatic water mist system located throughout the accommodation and hospital areas
  • Smoke detector system pinpoints any fire’s exact location
  • 24-hour security guards, metal detector, and screening devices
  • Closed-circuit TV monitors. Critical spaces locked 24/7

Ship Specifications

Fleet DatesComing Soon
Crew Capacity641
Main Engine4 x Wartsila 6L32
w/ 2 x ABB Azipul Pods
Gross Tonnage37,000
BuiltTianjin Xingang Shipyard

If you’re interested in serving with Mercy Ships, click below to view our volunteer opportunities.

We can’t wait to meet you!