Submitted by Mercyships on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 12:14.
Facilities & Features
Deployed 1978, retired 2007
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. In that time, the Anastasis has 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.
Gross Tonnage 11,701
Built 1953 Trieste, Italy
Crew Capacity 420
Cargo Capacity 3 holds/3060 m3 total
Main Engines 2 Fiat 7510 (8,050 BHP each)
Surveyed By Lloyds
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.
Since 1978, the Anastasis has 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, 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.
- Taught more than 4,000 local health care and professional workers, who have in turn trained many others in primary health care.
- Taught more than 59,700 local people in primary health care.
- Trained local medical professionals in modern health care techniques to carry on after the ship’s departure.
- Completed more than 540 construction and agriculture projects including schools, clinics, orphanages and water wells.
The Anastasis has 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.
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.