Mercy Ships constructs a new hospital ship


With the support of the MSC Foundation and MSC Group, Mercy Ships is constructing a new hospital ship tailored to its operational needs. Once commissioned, the ship will significantly expand the reach of surgical operations, educational programs, and training initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa.

The agreement, signed by MSC Group Chairman Gianluigi Aponte, initiates the project and includes a substantial donation from the MSC Foundation, although the exact amount was not disclosed.

Captain Gianluigi Aponte
Captain Gianluigi Aponte, MSC Group Chairman

Aponte, citing his personal ties to the Horn of Africa, expressed a deep commitment to improving healthcare in the region, emphasizing the transformative impact it can have on people’s lives.

Since its inception in 1978, Mercy Ships has conducted over 117,000 surgical procedures and played a crucial role in enhancing local healthcare systems across Africa.

The new hospital ship, modeled after the “Global Mercy,” will be specially designed with six operating rooms, a laboratory, and facilities for dental and eye care. It will accommodate approximately 600 crew and guests and provide medical services during ten-month relief missions in port.

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