Concordia Maritime supports Mercy Ships Cargo Day
Since 2016, Concordia Maritime has been supporting Mercy Ships Cargo Day, whose purpose is to raise funds for Mercy Ships. Mercy Ships is a charity organisation that provides surgeries, dental care and other qualified medical care free of charge for people in poor countries who have no access to necessary health and medical care.
Since 1978, the organisation has treated more than 2.5 million patients. In addition to surgeries, Mercy Ships works closely with training programs for nurses and doctors in the different host countries. About 1,000 volunteers from around 40 different nations support work every year.
Mercy Ships operates the world's currently largest private hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, with six fully-equipped operating rooms and six sick rooms with a total of 80 beds on board. In 2022, Africa Mercy will be joined in the relief work in the countries of Central Africa and sub-Saharan Africa by Global Mercy – an even larger and fully custom-built hospital ship with customized instruments, state-of-the-art technology and highly-trained talent of a modern hospital.
The 174-meter, 37,000-ton ship has, among other things, six operating theatres, beds for 200 people, a laboratory and eye clinic. With Global Mercy, Mercy Ships expects to more than double its current capacity to perform vital operations and train medical personnel, and the vessel is expected to be in operation for 50 years.
Delivered 2021 – begins service in 2022
Global Mercy is the first vessel that Mercy Ships has designed and built from scratch and is thus completely adapted to its task. The ship was delivered from the shipyard in China during the summer of 2021, after which she began the maiden voyage to Belgium. There Global Mercy will be staffed with volunteers and have the last of the medical equipment installed.
In 2022, Global Mercy will sail to Senegal for her first contribution to Mercy Ship's important work in providing life-changing healthcare to the world's poorest.