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 will have six operating rooms and house over 600 volunteers from around the globe. With the new vessel, 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.
Successful sea trial in May 2021
Global Mercy is the first vessel that Mercy Ships has designed and built from scratch and is thus completely adapted to its task. In May 2021, the ship underwent a successful sea trial – one of the crucial final steps in the countdown to delivery. Before Global Mercy takes on its first important mission in Africa in 2022, she will sail to Europe on her maiden voyage, where the ship will be further equipped.