M/V Africa Mercy

1999- in service

Acquired in 1999 through a donation from the Balcraig Foundation, the former Danish rail ferry ‘Droning Ingrid’ was re-named the Africa Mercy by Dame Norma Major in April 2000. The CHF70 million refit was funded by donations from the Oak Foundation, and continuing support from the Balcraig Foundation and other trusts, corporate gifts-in-kind, and individual contributors. The conversion was completed at A & P Shipyard, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in March 2007 and was the largest conversion project of its kind in the UK. A comparable new vessel would cost more than double this price. With five operating theatres and a 82-bed ward, the Africa Mercy will ultimately double the annual medical capacity of her predecessors.


The hospital covers most of the original rail deck - approximately 1,200 square meters. It is divided into quadrants containing supply/services, five operating theatres, recovery/intensive care and low-dependency wards with a total of 82 patient beds. Projected annual surgical capacity is up to 7,000 operations onboard including cataract removal/lens implants, tumour removal, cleft lip and palate reconstruction, orthopaedics and obstetric fistula repair. The hospital contains a CT scanner as well as X-ray, laboratory services and a Nikon Coolscope, which allows remote diagnosis almost instantaneously. Whenever required, diagnoses are transmitted via an onboard satellite communication system to doctors in developed countries.



Length 152m
Breadth 23.7m
Gross Tonnage 16572
Built 1980, Elsinore, Denmark
Registered Malta
Capacity 474 berths
Cargo 1724 m3
Main Engines4 B&W (3120 kW each)
Draft 6.0m
Surveyed ByLloyds Register

Itinerary (last updated in February 2016)

Durban, South Africa12 June 201601 August 2016
At sea01 August 201604 August 2016
Cape Town, South Africa04 August 201608 August 2016
At sea08 August 201618 August 2016
Cotonou, Benin18 August 2016June 2017

IMPORTANT NOTE: The above itinerary, as always, is TENTATIVE. Changes may occur. In addition, there are sometimes blackout dates when no new crew may arrive. It is therefore imperative to NOT make plans to arrive or depart the ship without first confirming directly with Mercy Ships.

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