New hospital vessel to be built for Mercy Ships comment (0)
January 2, 2014
BEIJING, China — Mercy Ships has announced that it has reached an agreement with shipbuilding firms to purpose-build a new hospital ship for Mercy Ships. The ship will have a total internal volume of 36,600-GRT. Contracts were signed between China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation and Donald K. Stephens, president/founder of Mercy Ships with Mercy Ships Marine Operations.
The vessel will be built at the group’s Tianjin Xingang Shipyard.
“We are thrilled to formally secure this important milestone for a project we have worked on quietly for quite some time,” Stephens said. “Our goal with this second Mercy Ship is to more than double the hope and healing through life-changing surgeries provided to those with little access to specialized health care and to increase the partnership of training and educational support of health professionals within the developing nations our ships will continue to serve.”
The new Mercy Ship will be classed by Lloyd’s Register and flagged by Malta.