Mercy ships

Together with the charity organization Mercy Ships we have designed, contracted and are now building the first completely newly built hospitalship – doubling their capacity to bring healthcare all over the world to aid the poorest of the poor. The ship is planned to start operating in 2020 and will be the largest civilian hospitalship in the world.

The design of a completely new hospitalship was created with the charity organization Mercy Ships. Mercy Ships is today operating one converted passenger-ship as a hospitalship. With the addition of the new tailor-made ship Global Mercy the capacity will be more than doubled.

“We are extremely proud to be involved in this unique project. It is an initiative out of the ordinary where our flexible ship concept will be very useful” says Per Westling, Managing Director of Stena RoRo.

The new ship will have room for over 150 patients and 600+ crew and medical staff. There will be 6 surgery rooms for both medical care and education since the purpose of the ship is not only to treat patients but also to educate health care personnel where the ship is active. The vessel will also be equipped with a school and a kindergarten.


Stena Roro and Mercy Ships are designing and supervising the project together, combining their skills and knowledge from their different fields. The ship will be built at the Shipyard Xingang in Tianjin, China and will start operating during 2020.

The charity Mercy Ships have been engaged in health care through hospital ships since 1978, focusing on providing healthcare to the poorest of the poor. Since the start they have helped over 2.5 million people in 73 different countries and still counting. Read more about them here.


Facts and figures for the Global Mercy

Length: 174,10 m
Breadth: 28,6 m
Draft (design): 6,15 m
Gross tonnage: 37,000
Deadweight: 4.500 ton

Stena RoRo’s flexible RoPax concept “Stena Seabird” has been modified from a RoRo/Passenger vessel to a hospital vessel.

The vessel is equipped with 4 medium-speed diesel engines. The propulsion system is based on a diesel-electric design.

Bunkering is done with 4-6 months interval.

Provisioning (food, supplies, medicines, etc.) is supplied by the use of 2 x 40 foot containers every week.

The vessel is equipped with cranes for lifting aboard provision and cars used for land transport and other equipment.

High standards of performance for vibration- and noise levels  have been met.