World’s largest civilian hospital ship under construction

An advanced hospital vessel is under construction for the Mercy Ships charity.

The vessel, ‘Atlantic Mercy’ (working title), will be built by China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) at the Tianjin Xingang Shipyard and scheduled for delivery in 2017. The Atlantic Mercy project construction will be managed by Stena RoRo.

When completed, the ‘Atlantic Mercy’ will be the world’s largest civilian hospital vessel. The 37,000-tonne vessel will feature a full hospital, accommodation and training facilities and once in service, she will expand the Mercy Ship organisation’s activity on the African continent.

There will be two hospital decks onboard, and six surgery rooms that can be used for both medical care and educational training. The ship will have beds for 109 acute-care patients, 45 self-care patients, and over 487 crewmembers and medical staff in 277 cabins, while in port, the ship’s capacity increases to 950 people.

The power production system on board the Atlantic Mercy is designed to ensure power supply for the hospital functions in any possible fault situation. 
Source: Baird Maritime