World's largest private hospital ship to be fitted out in Antwerp
In the second quarter of 2021, the port of Antwerp is due to welcome the "Global Mercy", the world's largest private hospital ship.
The port of Antwerp was chosen because of its flexibility, attractive conditions and geographical location. The enthusiasm of reliable partners and the high degree of professionalism and knowledge of Africa also led to this choice.
This vessel will join the fleet of Mercy Ships, a global charity whose mission is to improve access to health care in developing countries.
The "Global Mercy", which will become the humanitarian organisation's fifth hospital ship, is currently being built in China. At 174 metres long and 28 metres wide, the structure will have 12 levels and a total weight of 37,000 tonnes. It will also be equipped with 200 beds and six operating theatres. Thanks to the involvement of dozens of Belgian companies and organisations, it will be fitted out and equipped in the port of Antwerp, where it will be berthed free of charge for three months.
In addition to providing surgical operations that meet impeccable skill and safety standards, this new vessel will also play an important role in training local health care personnel.
The new 7,000 m² hospital ship should be able to receive its first patients in one year. The "Global Mercy" will join the "Africa Mercy" to accomplish its missions in Africa.