13 May WORLD’S LARGEST CIVILIAN HOSPITAL SHIP, THE GLOBAL MERCY SUCCESSFULLY PASSES FINAL SEA TRIALS
We are delighted to announce that the Global Mercy has now completed deep water sea trials, one of the final milestones in the countdown towards the hospital ship’s delivery, equipping, maiden voyage and launch into service to sub-Saharan Africa in 2022.
Deep-water trials are designed to test the vessel during extended sailing time to ensure that all systems are fully operational and in line with strict standards and specifications. Tests include areas engine performance and fuel consumption, navigation and radio equipment, emergency systems, speed tests, manoeuvrability, engine, and thruster tests as well as safety evaluations.
“These deep-water trials represent a critical checklist for our new purpose-built ship to become the platform for service it is designed to be. Trials systematically test operational aspects by putting the vessel through paces for an extended period at sea. I am pleased to say that the Global Mercy successfully passed every test,” stated Jim Paterson, Marine Executive Consultant for Mercy Ships. “We are then left with some finishing touches in the interior, particularly the hospital area before we take delivery,” Paterson added.
After Mercy Ships takes final delivery of the Global Mercy, the ship will make its maiden voyage to Belgium as a guest of the Port of Antwerp. While docked, the Global Mercy will complete several months of final outfitting and crewing.
The purpose-designed hospital decks represent the unique heart of the ship, consisting of six operating theatres and hospital wards for 200 patients, laboratory, general outpatient, ophthalmology and dental clinics. The ship has space for up to 950 people while in port including 641 volunteer crew. The Global Mercy will be equipped with first-class training facilities to allow Mercy Ships volunteers to contribute to the sustainable support of essential surgical and related skills for local healthcare professionals when docked.
The Global Mercy will be in service with the Africa Mercy, meaning that it will more than double our current impact with both life-changing surgeries and training of healthcare professionals during the anticipated 50-year lifespan of the new ship.
None of this work would have been possible without our amazing supporters and partners. The Global Mercy represents an international collaboration. With an overall length of 174-meters, a beam of 28.6 meters, and a Gross Tonnage of 37,000, the ship is a tailored Passenger Ship-class vessel. As the first of its kind, the ship has undergone construction at Tianjin Xingang Shipyard, with project management by Stena RoRo AB of Gothenburg, Sweden, and construction design by Deltamarin of Turku, Finland. The French ship brokerage company Barry Rogliano Salles (BRS) was instrumental in helping negotiate the contract. The new ship is classed by Lloyd’s Register in the UK who was in attendance to witness these important tests.