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Africa Mercy to be Launched

A global charity operating a growing fleet of hospital ships will soon launch its newest Africa Mercy ship, which is expected to double the number of medical beneficiaries than it is currently serving. Slated to go active in April off the Port of London, the former Danish rail ferry will be the world's largest non-governmental hospital ship as Texas-based Mercy Ships says goodbye to two veteran ships - Anastasis and the Caribbean Mercy. Best practices from the two retiring ships were used as a base line in designing the hospital, public areas and crew accommodations on the Africa Mercy. While the former cruise liners were converted into hospital ships, the organization's newest vessel will have a purpose-built hospital, allowing for greater numbers to be cared for. The $62 million project, which includes state-of-the-art hospital facilities, is being launched through sponsors and patrons of the Africa Mercy project, which is undergoing the final stages of its conversion. (Source: Christian Post)


New Hospital Ship to be Classed by LR

Rendering of Atlantic Mercy courtesy of Mercy Ships

Lloyd’s Register (LR) says it is honored to be the classification society of choice for Mercy Ships latest endeavour, a new 36,600 GRT hospital ship scheduled for completion in 2017, and to be named 'Atlantic Mercy'. LR explain that the hospital ship will be designed by the Finnish firm Deltamarin and the vessel will be built at CSIC group’s Tianjin Xingang Shipyard in China. Stena RoRo will manage the actual project construction under the leadership of Per Westling


A&P Tyne to Convert Ferry

A&P Tyne Limited has signed a contract with Mercy Ships Limited to convert a former Danish rail ferry now named Africa Mercy to a hospital ship for service in Africa. The conversion will take place over an 18-month period and will include the upgrading of the existing vessel, to carry some 400 persons and a hospital facility with 6 operating theatres; 78 hospital beds and an intensive care unit. Dave Skentelbery


This Day in Navy History

1775 - The first prize, the British supply ship, Unity, was captured by the Continental schoonerHannah. 1776 - David Bushnell attempts to destroy a British Ship of the Line, HMS Asia, in New York harbor with his submarine Turtle. 1942 - First air evacuation of casualties to hospital ships off shore occurs at Guadalcanal.  


Boston Doctor's Dramatic Surgery Aboard Mercy Ship

Africa Mercy: Photo credit Mercy Ships

A volunteer surgeon from Boston saved a child’s life in an urgent and complex surgery performed onboard the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, the 'Africa Mercy'. Dr. Mark Shrime performed the surgery to remove a 'fist sized' tumor from the throat of a four-year-old boy who was slowly suffocating. It was performed in one of the five operating rooms on the hospital ship with a team of professional medical volunteers from five countries.


Deltamarin Designs Hospital Ship

Deltamarin designs the worlds largest hospital ship for Mercy Ships to be built at Tianjin Xingang Shipyard. (Image copyright: Mercy Ships)

Deltamarin announced a design contract awarded by China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) for the new 37,000 GRT (Gross Register Tonnage) hospital ship to be built for Mercy Ships at Tianjin Xingang Shipyard. Deltamarin’s contract includes approval, procurement and detail design for the vessel, which will be the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, and the first of its kind in Deltamarin’s history


54th Ship to Depart James River Reserve Fleet

The Vulcan is scheduled to be towed from the James River Reserve Fleet on Tuesday, December 19th. It will be the 54th ship to leave the James River site for recycling since January 1, 2001. The Vulcan, a former Navy repair ship built in 1941, which will leave the James River site to be dismantled at Bay Bridge Enterprises, LLC, of Chesapeake, Va., under the terms of a contract worth $494,000. The Vulcan has a small niche in Naval history


US Hospital Ship Aids Vietnam Province

Photo credit USN

'USNS Mercy' anchors in Cua Lo Port to bring humanitarian & civic assistance to Nghe An, Vietnam, Province The hospital ship called at the port as part of the 'Pacific Partnership 2012'. A number of re-planned engagements will be carried out with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force amphibious ship Oosumi between July 10 and 24. They include two engineering, six medical and dental and four veterinary civil action programs


Maintaining the Ship of Mercy

Africa Mercy alongside at a repair berth in Astican Shipyard, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria for brief annual upkeep period of repairs and modernization.  (Photo credit: © Mercy Ships/Ann Berry)

International faith-based organization Mercy Ships has used ships as traveling hospitals since 1978, providing health services to millions of people from the world’s poorest countries. Gathering praise from figures such as Nelson Mandella, Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Tony Blair, the organization and its work have had a vast impact globally with more than 2.42 million direct beneficiaries to date and an estimated cumulative work bill near $1 billion.


Hospital Ships’ Equipment List Standardized

Official U.S. Navy file photo

For providers deployed aboard a hospital ships, making sure all the right equipment is on board is vital. The Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) completed a year-long project to optimize and standardize combat support Authorized Medical Allowance Lists, April 5.   "The goal of this project was to develop standard AMALs for both hospital ships [USS Mercy and USS Comfort]" said Capt. Rita Simmons, NHRC's commanding officer


US Hospital Ship Aids South Korean Sailor

An MH-60S assigned to the Blackjacks of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 performs a medical evacuation of a sailor from Republic of Korea Submarine SSK Lee Eok Gi to hospital ship USNS Mercy (U.S. Navy photo by Elizabeth Merriam)

A U.S. hospital ship conducted a medical evacuation, or “medevac”, May 27 to assist an ailing Republic of Korea sailor aboard a Republic of Korea Navy (ROK-N) submarine.   At approximately 10:30 a.m. May 26, the Military Sealift Command operated USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) received


US Navy Updated Zika Virus Infection Guidance

The aedes albopictus mosquito is the primary carrier for the chikungunya virus, also known as CHIK, in the temperate climates of the United States. While Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall officials test regularly for the presence of West Nile Virus in local mosquitoes, joint base residents can take a number of preventative steps to help stem mosquito breeding and activity near residences on the joint base. (U.S. Army photo)

Navy Medicine released updated Zika Virus Infection guidance in NAVADMIN 121/16, May 26, communicating current information, travel precautions, and risk reduction measures to Navy and Marine Corps personnel. "The updated NAVADMIN includes the latest Centers for Disease Control and


This Day in Naval History: June 16

USS Monterey (CG 61) (U.S. Navy photo by Christian Eskelund)

1943 - At Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, Japanese aircraft conduct the largest raid since April 7. Although a large number of enemy planes are shot down, LST-340 and USS Celeno (AK-76) are damaged. 1944 - Marine Gunnery Sgt. Robert H. McCard serves as a platoon sergeant with Company A


MAN Extends Relationship with Mercy Ships

Photo: MAN Diesel & Turbo

At a signing ceremony at the SMM 2016 Marine Trade Fair in Hamburg, MAN Diesel & Turbo expanded its partnership with Mercy Ships, international provider of charitable healthcare.   Under the terms of the agreement, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s after-sales division, MAN PrimeServ


Hospital Ship Up to Speed with AMOS

Mercy Ships

SpecTec will work with Mercy Ships to migrate its current system Business Suite to AMOS Enterprise Management Suite (EMS). Mercy Ships’ Africa Mercy, the world’s largest hospital ship, will receive a new update of the latest version of AMOS EMS, installing the Quality Management module


Equipment Donation Solve Hospital Ship’s Heat Problem

Africa Mercy at sea (Photo: Mercy Ships)

When Mercy Ships decided to increase the airflow in the CAT scanner room on board its hospital ship, Africa Mercy, the international charity turned to Elta Fans’ Applied Technology division for help.   The Africa Mercy operates in hot and humid climates in Africa making it challenging


Captain John Foley – Obituary

Captain John Foley

Britain: April 30, 1940 – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia: June 22, 2015   Family, friends and colleagues of Capt. John Foley, Master Mariner and Great Barrier Reef “Grand Pilot” gathered together at St. Augustine’s Church, Hamilton, Brisbane on June 26


Evac's Total Waste Management for Atlantic Mercy

Atlantic Mercy (Photo: EVAC)

The global cleantech company Evac has been chosen to supply its total waste management system to the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Atlantic Mercy. Owned and operated by the nonprofit Mercy Ships, the ship will provide medical care in the poorest parts of Africa


Japan Joins U.S.-Philippine Naval Drills; Tensions Rise

Japan has joined U.S.-led maritime humanitarian exercises off the Philippines for the first time, as concerns mount among the three allies about China's growing assertiveness in the disputed South China Sea. A Japanese navy replenishment ship was in Subic Bay, a former U.S


New Submarine Named USS Idaho

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus

  Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony today to announce that SSN 799, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Idaho. The submarine will be named to honor the history its namesake state has with the Navy


Private Ship Repair Moves Dry Dock Timelines

Due to a delay on a private ship repair at the Durban Dry Dock, TNPA has adjusted the project schedule for repairs on the facility’s 35 metre long, 900 ton outer caisson by 18 days.

A delay in private repairs to the hospital ship Africa Mercy has caused a two-and-a-half week adjustment of timelines for Transnet National Ports Authority’s R30 million repair project at the Prince Edward Graving Dry Dock in Durban.  


Zamakona Repairs Spanish Hospital Ships

Photo: Zamakona Yards

Spanish shipbuilding and repair group Zamakona Yards announced it has completed simultaneously repair and maintenance projects aboard two government-owned hospital ships, Juan De La Cosa and Esperanza Del Mar.   The vessel Juan De La Cosa was repaired at Zamakona Pasaia yard at San Sebastian


Hikawa Maru Designated Cultural Property

Hikawa Maru Photo NYK

On March 11, Japan’s Council for Cultural Affairs submitted a report to the nation’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology recommending that the moored museum ship Hikawa Maru be designated as an Important Cultural Property


This Day In Naval History: May 5

USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14) was christened and launched at General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Companys shipyard in San Diego, May 5, 2012 (U.S. Navy photo by MCSN Jasmine Sheard)

1943 - USS Permit (SS 178), USS Snook (SS 279) and USS Sawfish (SS 276) damage two Japanese ships and sink two freighters and a gunboat.   1944 - The hospital ship, USS Comfort (AH-6), is commissioned at San Pedro, Calif., and is the first ship to be manned jointly by U.S. Army and U.S


USNS Mercy Arrives in 7th Fleet for Pacific Partnership

Photo:  U.S. NAVY

 Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations May 24 in support of Pacific Partnership 2016. Now in its 11th year, Pacific Partnership is a multilateral, disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region.   






 
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