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Africa Mercy (current flagship)

Africa Mercy
Deployed 2007

History

Acquired in 1999, the Dronning Ingrid underwent conversion from a Danish rail ferry into the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship. Sponsored by corporate and individual donors, the purpose-built Africa Mercy has five operating rooms and an 82-bed ward.

Facilities & Features

Hospital
The Africa Mercy’s hospital covers most of the original rail deck – approximately 1,200 square metres. It is divided into 5 wards with quadrants containing supply/services, six operating theatres, recovery/intensive care and low-dependency wards with a with 78 patient beds. Projected annual medical capacity is approximately 7,000 surgical procedures onboard including cataract removal /lens implants, tumour removal, cleft lip and palate reconstruction, orthopaedics and obstetric fistula repair. The hospital contains a CT Scanner as well as X-ray, laboratory services and a Nikon Coolscope, which allow remote diagnosis almost instantaneously. Whenever required, diagnoses are transmitted via an onboard satellite communication system to doctors in developed countries.

Programs Ashore
In addition to the operations performed onboard, ship-based teams work in local villages providing a wide array of services to increase health and well-being which include dental clinics, medical clinics, community health education, HIV/AIDS intervention, water and sanitation projects including well drilling, construction, agriculture and micro-enterprise projects.

Accommodation
The Africa Mercy has meeting and work spaces as well as berths for an average crew of 450. The 474 berths are split between 26 family cabins, 25 two-berth cabins for couples, and shared and single cabins for individual occupants.

Safety & Security
The vessel is fitted with an automatic sprinkler system throughout the accommodation and hospital areas. An addressable smoke detector system pinpoints the exact location of the source of any potential fire. Machinery spaces are covered by CO2 gas flooding system as well as a “Hi Fog” system which can be very effective in controlling localised fires in the machinery space. Gurkha security guards man the gangway 24 hours a day with metal detectors and other screening devices. They are backed up by CCTV around the vessel, while critical spaces such as the bridge and engine room remain locked at all times.

Specifications

Length: 152 m
Breadth: 23.7 m
Gross Tonnage: 16,572
Built: 1980 Elsinore, Denmark
Registered: Malta
Crew Capacity: 474
Cargo Capacity: 1,724 m3
Main Engines: 4 B&W (3120 kW each)
Draft: 6.0 m
Surveyed By: Bureau Veritas

 

Former Mercy Ships

Anastasis (retired)

Mercy Ships
Deployed 1978 Retired 2007

History

Formerly the Victoria, the Anastasis was built in 1953 as an Italian passenger liner and served as the flagship of the Mercy Ships fleet from 1978 to 2007. During that time, the Anastasis contributed more than half of Mercy Ships’ total output in terms of number of services, value and beneficiaries. An average of 350 crew from more than 30 nations lived and worked onboard.

Facilities & Features

The former passenger liner was modified to contain three fully-equipped operating rooms, a hospital ward, a dental clinic, a laboratory, an X-ray unit, three cargo holds and accommodation for 420 crew. She carried a fleet of over 20 vehicles for onshore work.

Services Delivered

Between 1978 and 2007, the Anastasis performed more than 1 million services, at a total value today of over £183 million with an estimated 1.2 million people as direct beneficiaries.

• Performed more than 18,800 surgeries such as cleft lip and palate repair, cataract removal, straightening of crossed-eyes, orthopaedic and facial reconstruction.
• Treated more than 88,600 people in village medical clinics.
• Performed more then 137,000 dental treatments.
• Coached over 4,000 local health-care professionals who have in turn trained many others, ensuring that medical expertise is retained after the ship’s departure.
• Taught more than 59,700 local people in basic health care.
• Completed more than 540 construction and agriculture projects including schools, clinics, orphanages and water wells.

Ports Visited

The Anastasis visited 275 total ports, and conducted 66 field assignments in 23 nations: Guatemala, New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Poland, Togo, Ghana, Estonia, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Lithuania, Senegal, Latvia, South Africa, Madagascar, Benin, Gambia and Liberia.

Trivia

An estimated 25,000 volunteer crew members served on the Anastasis. Over 250 couples met as crew, and several weddings were held onboard, including one at sea.

Specifications

Length: 159m
Breadth: 20.73m
Gross Tonnage: 11,701
Built: 1953 Triese, Italy
Registered: Malta
Crew Capacity: 420
Cargo Capacity: 3 holds/3,060m3
Main Engines: 2 Fiat 7,510 (8,050 BHP each)
Draft: 7.2m
Surveyed By: Lloyds

 

Carribean Mercy (retired)

M/V Caribbean Mercy
Deployed 1994 Retired 2006

History

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’ total output in terms of number of services, value and beneficiaries, serving primarily in Central America and the Caribbean basin. While in port, she hosted an average crew of 120 volunteers from more than 20 nations.

Facilities & Features

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.

Services Delivered

Crew on board the Caribbean Mercy offered close to 289,000 services, at a value of over £56 million and with 348,800 people as direct beneficiaries.

• Performed more than 7,000 surgeries such as cataract removal, strabismus, dental and orthopaedic procedures.
• Treated more than 54,300 people in village medical clinics.
• Performed 18,200 dental treatments.
• Taught more than 1,500 local health-care workers, who have in turn trained many others in basic health care.
• Trained local medical professionals in modern health-care techniques to carry on after the ship’s departure.
• Delivered more than £1.1 million of medical equipment, hospital supplies and medicines.
• Completed more than 140 construction and agriculture projects including schools, clinics, orphanages and water wells.

Ports Visited

The Caribbean Mercy visited 137 total ports in her 12-year history, and conducted 56 field assignments in 13 nations: Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Russia, Korea, China, Philippines, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Honduras and Belize.

Trivia

During her first 42 years the ship only travelled within Norway. During her 12 years of service as a Mercy Ship, she visited 18 countries. In 2006 she was sold to a family foundation to be renovated.

Specifications

Length: 80m
Breadth: 12.2m
Gross Tonnage: 2,125
Built: 1952 Aalbord, Denmark
Registered: Panama
Crew Capacity: 87
Cargo Capacity: 688m3
Main Engine: 1 MAK diesel (3,670 BHP)
Draft: 5.18m
Surveyed By: Det Norske Veritas

 

Island Mercy/Good Samaritan (retired)

M/V Island Mercy
Deployed 1983 Retired 2001

History

The former Newfoundland coastal ferry Petite Forte was donated to Mercy Ships in 1983. She sailed for 11 years as the Good Samaritan serving the Caribbean, Central and South America, until 1994 when she was renamed the Island Mercy and redeployed to the South Pacific. In 2001 the vessel was donated as a goodwill gesture from Mercy Ships to Marine Reach/ YWAM New Zealand to bless their work among people in poverty in the Pacific region. The ship was later sold on to a Philippine interest.

Facilities & Features

The Island Mercy focused on eye and dental services, and carried cargo and a permanent crew of 60 people. Her shallow draft allowed her access where larger Mercy Ships could not reach.

Services Delivered

Crew onboard the Island Mercy offered more than 145,000 services at a value of over £39 million and with 113,000 people as direct beneficiaries.

• Performed more than 1,150 surgeries such as cataract removal, strabismus, dental and orthopaedic procedures.
• Treated more than 12,750 people in village medical clinics.
• Performed 29,370 dental treatments.
• Trained local medical professionals in modern health-care techniques to carry on after the ship’s departure.
• Taught local health-care workers to train others in basic health care.
• Delivered more than £200,000 of medical equipment, hospital supplies and medicines.

Ports Visited

Over 19 years, the Good Samaritan /Island Mercy sailed to over 109 ports and conducted medical missions in 88 port visits to 24 developing nations from South America to the South Pacific.

Trivia

As the Good Samaritan, she carried cargo and personnel to the Pan-American games for the U.S. Olympic committee in 1991, and became the first ship to legally sail from the United States and Cuba in 30 years.

Specifications

Length: 52.7
Breadth: 11.6m
Gross Tonnage: 998
Built: 1961 Canada
Registered: Panama
Crew Capacity: 80
Cargo Capacity: 359m3
Main Engine: 2 Crossley diesel (1,100 BHP each)
Draft: 3.8m
Surveyed By: Lloyds