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Mercy Ships Fleet

A unique fleet

Our Mercy Ships are deployed into an ocean of need. Dedicated volunteers representing over 35 nations bring together their wide-ranging skills to make a lasting difference.Since 1978, the hospital ship fleet has served in more than 70 port areas around the world. 

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships with multi-national crew and staff to bring world-class medical assistance and long-term sustainable development to some of the world’s poorest regions. Land-based teams and projects supplement the work of the ships.

Why ships?

Vessels provide many benefits for our work:


On the ship, everything is under one roof. Thanks to the geographical proximity, the consultations within the various specialized services can be done quickly and easily. Thanks to years of experience, our system is so well developed that we can help as many patients as possible.


In Africa, power cuts or lack of running water are major challenges for hospitals. The self-sufficiency of the boat guarantees us clean water, reliable technical equipment and power supply at all times. Thus, there is no risk of power failure in the middle of an operation!


Ships are able to move and can therefore call at ports where the needs are greatest. Our medical assistance may therefore not be limited to a single country.


A ship as a home provides the greatest possible security for our employees. In the event of a political crisis or an epidemic, the ship can leave at any time.


Living together on board our ships offers our crew some security and privacy. Our volunteers can meet and gather, take the time to share their experiences and assimilate, together, the sometimes difficult experiences of the suffering of our patients. The common purpose unites us.

Global Mercy

The world’s largest non-government hospital ship, with a volunteer crew of 640, is empowering a whole new generation to make a difference in their world. The  Global Mercy is the first hospital ship built specifically for the needs of our humanitarian work, allowing Mercy Ships to double our impact on the African continent, and to carry out a mission in two different countries simultaneously.

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Africa Mercy

The Africa Mercy was deployed to serve sub-Saharan Africa since 2007. This former ferry was converted by Mercy Ships into a floating hospital with 5 operating rooms and 82 hospital beds, and all the axillary hospital services required. The volunteer crew of 460 makes it possible to offer surgeries of a level equivalent to those that can be obtained in New Zealand, while docked in low-income countries. 

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Our former hospital ships

Anastasis 1978 - 2007

Originally named Victoria, Anastasis was built in 1953 as an Italian ocean liner and served as the flagship of the Mercy Ships fleet from 1978 to 2007. During that time, Anastasis contributed to more than half of Mercy Ships’ total production in terms of the number of services, their value and beneficiaries. An average of 350 volunteers from more than 30 countries lived and worked on board. The previous liner was modified to include 3 fully equipped operating rooms, an X-ray unit and accommodation for 420 crew members. The Anastasis crew performed over 18,800 surgeries and over 137,000 dental treatments.

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Caribbean Mercy 1994 - 2006

Formerly a Norwegian ferry (Polarlys), the Caribbean Mercy was acquired by Mercy Ships in 1994. During her 12 years of service, the Caribbean Mercy contributed over 20% of Mercy Ships’ total production in terms of number of services, their value and the beneficiaries, serving mainly Central America and the Caribbean Basin. During her stays in port, the ship welcomed an average of 120 volunteers from more than 20 countries. The crew of the Caribbean Mercy has performed more than 7,000 surgeries. He also carried out 18,200 dental treatments.

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Island Mercy 1983 - 2001

The former Newfoundland coastal ferry Petite Forte was donated to Mercy Ships in 1983. She sailed for 11 years as a Good Samaritan serving the Caribbean, Central and Latin America until 1994. Renamed Island Mercy, Mercy Ships redeployed her to the South Pacific where she served until 2001. The ship underwent major renovations including the construction of operating theaters on board. The Island Mercy focused on eye surgery and dental services and carried a permanent crew of 60. Her shallow draft allowed her to reach where the larger Mercy Ships could not go. The Island Mercy crew performed 1,150 surgeries and over 29,370 dental treatments. The boat was resold in 2001.

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Make a difference in Africa together