A new vessel of mercy

Our newest ship, the Global Mercy™ , is the world’s first purpose-built civilian hospital ship. She joins the Mercy Ships fleet, more than doubling our surgical and training capacity, and it is expected that more than 150,000 lives will be changed onboard through surgery alone over the lifespan of this new 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.


This hospital ship has the facilities our crew need to carry out a wide range of surgeries like maxillofacial and plastic reconstructive surgery to remove benign tumours and correct debilitating burn contractures, cleft lip and palate repair,  cataract removal, paediatric orthopaedic procedures and obstetric fistula repair.

With an expected service life of 50 years, the Global Mercy continues a legacy of improved healthcare delivery in every nation we serve. Together we can make a difference in the lives of thousands and change the surgical landscape of whole countries, not only in the immediate future but for decades to come!

“Mercy Ships has the potential, within a generation, to help rewrite the healthcare narrative in Africa. We can train medical professionals and upgrade the quality of hospitals and clinics — all while saving lives. Imagine the hope and healing provided by this unique new ship!
—Don Stephens, Founder

A Dream Years in the Making

Expansion and growth facilitates more—more surgeries for those in need; more health professionals trained and mentored; MORE LIVES CHANGED!

Over the last 40 years, we’ve worked hard to increase the number of people impacted by the life-changing medical care found onboard our hospital ships. Since the launch of the Africa Mercy in 2007, Mercy Ships has planned to add another ship capable of greater capacity to our fleet.

Now, after years of working towards this goal, we are excited to announce that something big is underway horizon.


“For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.” Hebrews 3:4 

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