Seagull Donates Training Software to Mercy Ships

press release
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Captain Lance Savaria, Director of Sales and Marketing - Seagull Norway

Norwegian seafarer training specialist, Seagull, has donated software to Mercy Ships, the operator of the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy.


Mercy Ships provides free health care, community development, health education and agriculture projects, mental health programmes and palliative care. “The donation from Seagull increases the skills of our crew, and the onboard training programmes will allow us to direct even more of our resources to the people of Africa,” said Arvid Solheim, National Director - Mercy Ships Norway.


“Prior to this donation it was necessary for Mercy Ships to fly crew away from the ship for training courses. The fact that the training is now available onboard our ship means the benefits of Seagull’s donation are two-fold.”  Captain Lance Savaria, Director of Sales and Marketing - Seagull Norway said it was the company’s hope that the donation of seafarer training software to the Africa Mercy would benefit the seafarers working onboard. “We are very proud to make this practical contribution to such a worthy cause and look forward to supporting Mercy Ships well into the future. We urge others in the maritime community to provide their support in whatever way they can,” Captain Savaria added.


The Africa Mercy has the capability to perform approximately 7,000 surgical tasks each year and is currently in the final month of a 10-month field service deployment in Sierra Leone, a country the charity has visited seven times over the last 19 years. Once this is completed the vessel will sail to Ghana for a scheduled dry-docking before undertaking six months’ field service in Togo. Mercy Ships is headquartered in Garden Valley, Texas and operates from 17 resource centres in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.


The organisation was founded by Don and Deyon Stephens who, in July 1978, acquired the first vessel, the retired ocean liner Victoria, for around £600,000. Over the course of the next four years the vessel was transformed into an 11,701 tonne floating hospital with three operating theatres and a 40-bed ward. Since 1978, Mercy Ships has provided services in developing nations valued at more than £500 million, including performing more than 56,000 life-changing operations such as cleft lip and palate repair, cataract removal, orthopaedic procedures, facial reconstruction and obstetric fistula repair.


More than 520,000 patients have been treated in village clinics and more than 98,000 dental patients have received treatment. Mercy Ships has trained over 29,000 local health care professionals, taught 138,000 local people in basic health care and completed over 1,095 community development projects focusing on water and sanitation, education, infrastructure development and agriculture.

Among the many global leaders who have paid tribute to Mercy Ships is Nelson Mandela, the universally revered former president of South Africa. “I applaud Mercy Ships in their efforts of transformational development as they make a lasting difference in a world of need,” he said.
“Mercy Ships has committed to the vision of an African renaissance in their vision of bringing hope and healing to the continent of Africa. I salute the vision and mission of Mercy Ships and ask that you join me in supporting their noble work and contribute to make this world a better place." 
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, president of Liberia and one of three joint winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011, said: "Mercy Ships has shown great compassion on the Liberian people for a little more than a year since docking off the Liberian shores. On behalf of the Liberian people, I wish to thank all the volunteers on the ship who come from all over the world for their sacrifice and the comfort they have given to so many poor and needy."

In October, HRH The Princess Royal and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, toured the Africa Mercy’s hospital deck and met patients and medical volunteers.
Judy Polkinhorn, Executive Director of Mercy Ships UK, who was on the ship at the time said: “This is Mercy Ships’ seventh visit to Sierra Leone and the team this year has worked extensively with the Ministry of Health and local hospitals to focus on capacity building and the training of local doctors, anaesthetists, nurses and other health professionals.”
Since February, Mercy Ships volunteer medical teams in Sierra Leone have performed more than 2,700 surgeries and 28,700 dental procedures and, over the last 30 years, the charity has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at £530million, affecting some 2.9million people.
 

Maritime Reporter October 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Dometic to Debut New Product Line at Workboat

New products on display will include the Dometic Cup Cooler, the Smart Touch Integrated Intelligence Control system and the Dometic Sea Xchange watermakers; attendees

Insights: Morton S. Bouchard III

Insights: Morton S. Bouchard  III - President and CEO, Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. When it comes to iconic, East Coast mainstays of the U.S. maritime industry,

Andrews to Lead CWind’s O&M Division

Lee Andrews has been appointed as CWind’s new global head of operations for maintenance and asset management (O&M) services.   Andrews joins CWind from Siemens

News

Cathelco BWTS Receives AMS Approval

Cathelco Ltd. has received Alternate Management Systems (AMS) acceptance from the U.S. Coast Guard for their ballast water treatment system.   AMS acceptance

Hagel Resigns as Defense Secretary

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, the first major change to President Barack Obama's Cabinet since his Democrats were routed in midterm elections three weeks ago.

Ferus Smit to Launch Newbuild Bulk Carrier

Ferus Smit will launch newbuild general bulk cargo vessel Arklow Brave on Friday, December 12, in Westerbroek.   Arklow Brave is the fifth vessel in a series

Maritime Safety

Seven Rescued from Sinking Freighter near Haiti

Seven crewmembers were rescued after their 100-foot coastal freighter began taking on water and sank approximately 45 miles north off of Cap Haitien, Haiti, Friday.

Environmental Awards Recognize 84 Foss Vessels

With a combined 840 years without an environmental incident, 84 Foss Maritime and subsidiary companies' tugs and tank barges have been recognized by a major maritime

New Training for Man Overboard Response

Falling overboard is a life-threatening emergency, not only for the person in question but also for those involved in their rescue. Every step in the rescue process

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Salvage Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2694 sec (4 req/sec)