The world's largest civilian hospital ship has completed sea trials!
Gothenburg, Sweden-based Stena RoRo, which is managing construction of the ship on behalf of the international charity organization Mercy Ships, reports that the trials were completed with good results.
After several years of construction, the Tianjin Xingang shipyard in northern China will present the ship for delivery this summer and when delivered, she will sail to Antwerp and Rotterdam for crewing and outfitting, then to Senegal for her first mission.
“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,” said Jim Paterson, marine executive consultant for Mercy Ships. “The 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.”
“We are then left with some finishing touches in the interior, particularly the hospital area before we take delivery,” Paterson added.
According to Robert Corley, chief 0perations officer at Mercy Ships, while docked in Antwerp, the Global Mercy will complete several months of final outfitting and crewing. This includes installation of medical equipment and IT systems as well as stocking the vessel with supplies through the Mercy Ships European Distribution Center in the Netherlands.
The visit to Europe will culminate in a final send-off from Rotterdam for the ship’s first voyage to Africa. Mercy Ships also plans to hold an Africa commissioning event for the arrival of the Global Mercy in Dakar in early 2022, at the start of the ship’s first field service in Senegal.