African debut for Global Mercy

The ship ‘Global Mercy,’ the largest civilian hospital ship in the world, made its African debut on May 27 in Dakar, where there was a large opening ceremony attended by not less than 8 African presidents. Our colleagues Gilbert Walter and Emmanuel Achimbi represented BRS that was quoted in many news release.


See attached link for instance: https://eurasiantimes.com/largest-floating-civilian-hospital-built-in-china-designed-by-europe/


The ship is 174 meters long and 28.6 meters broad and has about 12 decks. It will remain in Senegal’s capital until June end before returning in 2023 to serve disadvantaged and poor people with surgical care. Global Mercy is Mercy Ships’ second vessel of its kind, set to join Africa Mercy serving in Africa since 2007.

The crew onboard the ship plans to train 260 Senegalese health professionals during their stay in Senegal, alongside the crew of the Africa Mercy, which has been at the port of Dakar since February and plans to stay at least till November, performing surgeries on board. The Global Mercy will then return to the Canary Islands at the end of June for a “complete and final dressing of the ship.” The Global Mercy hospital covers about 7,000 square meters and includes “six operating theatres, 102 acute care beds, seven intensive care beds, and 90 convalescent beds,”


The project began in 2013 with Stena RoRo, a Swedish shipping company, in charge of the project’s design, contracting, and execution. The broker was French Barry Rogliano Salles, BRS, the detailed design was done by Finnish Deltamarin, and the ship was built in China at the Tianjin Xingang shipyard.

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