Hospital ship Africa Mercy arrives in Liberia
Mercy Ships announced that its newest vessel, Africa Mercy, the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, has docked in Monrovia following the vessel’s maiden voyage from the U.K.
After serving more than 275 ports over her lifetime, the Mercy Ships hospital ship Anastasis will be retired this fall. The ship’s surgical work and health care projects will be carried on by Africa Mercy’s more than 400-member crew of medical and development volunteers, beginning in late June.
The purchase and conversion of the former rail ferry into a state-of-the-art hospital ship with an expected working life of approximately 30 years, cost approximately $62 million and was funded by donations and gifts-in-kind.