The Global Mercy ship will return to the port of Granadilla in July to complete its provision as a hospital

The largest civil hospital ship in the world, the Global Mercy, owned by the humanitarian organization Mercy Ships, has just left the port of Granadilla for Dakar with “the certainty of returning to the port facility next July to complete its provisioning as hospital”. This has been stated by the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in a statement in which it reports that the ship arrived at the port of Granadilla from Rotterdam on March 21, 2022 and during these months it has completed its crew and has continued with its equipping as a hospital ship from the south of Tenerife, counting on the collaboration of island companies by the hand of its consignee, Tenerife Offshore Shipping.

As a hospital, and among its many facilities, the ship has six operating rooms in which a team made up of around thirty people will attend to any surgical intervention free of charge with the guarantee of later having recovery areas and, if necessary, even isolation, to treat diseases such as Ebola, “which seems to be on the rise in certain areas of Africa.” This was stated by Gerardo Vangioni, president of Naves de la Esperanza in Spain, to the president and director of Puertos de Tenerife, Carlos González and Javier Mora, respectively, during their visit to the ship just the day before its preventive closure to avoid contagion. COVID prior departure to Dakar.

The volunteers with whom it will sail this Wednesday to the Senegalese port have all been on board since last Tuesday the 17th, a crew that once complete will be composed, in addition to operating room staff, by another 150 professionals such as doctors from different specialties, nurses, laboratory personnel, biomedical, and physical therapists among others.

In addition to getting to know the ship’s facilities, the president of Puertos de Tenerife wanted to personally thank the company for the trust placed in our ports, which Mercy Ships already considers its home port.

During the event held on board, in which the General Manager of Global Mercy, Joff Williams, the ship’s captain, Taylor Pérez, and his consignees were also present, the company’s gratitude was made clear. In the words of the captain, “the port of Granadilla is a special refuge for us, which we will continue to count on after the experience with the Africa Mercy”. The Port Authority recalls that said unit arrived at the facility coinciding with the declaration of the state of alarm by Covid and that it underwent annual repair and maintenance tasks in our port.

On this first Global Mercy trip to Dakar, the volunteers on board will spend about six weeks training Senegalese professionals, returning to the port of Granadilla in July to continue equipping it as a hospital ship. Once its equipment is completed and the ship begins its function as a hospital, it is expected to carry out more than 3,000 surgeries and train more than 2,800 health professionals each year in the nations of sub-Saharan Africa.

The Global Mercy is a unique ship in the passenger class: 174 meters long, 28.6 meters wide and with a gross tonnage of 37,000 tons. The total area of ​​the hospital department is 7,000 square meters and it has a capacity for 641 crew members, who come from more than 50 nations around the world.

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