Wärtsilä powering new hospital ship

Wärtsilä will be providing the engines for Mercy Ships’ new hospital ship, Global Mercy.

As previously reported by’s sister publication Bunkerspot, Mercy Ships expects to take delivery of the Global Mercy in 2021 and ship will make its maiden voyage to Africa later in the year.

Wärtsilä will be supplying four Wärtsilä 32 engines and has also agreed a five-year services maintenance agreement.

The Wärtsilä engines are double resilient mounted and comply with the DNV VIBR vibration classification. This smooth running capability is particularly important for a hospital ship with onboard surgical operations taking place.

The Global Mercy’s role as a hospital ship also meant that it needs the assurance of an uninterrupted power supply onboard. According to Russ Holmes, Director of Corporate Development of Mercy Ships: ‘The Wärtsilä 32 engines, supported by the extensive maintenance agreement, provide this assurance, which will help us as we carry out our mission to bring hope and healing to the forgotten poor and to positively impact global healthcare.’

Previous hospital ships have all been conversions from passenger ships and other vessels. In contrast, the Global Mercy is a purpose-built, one-of-a-kind ship. It features 12 decks, two of which are for the hospital, including six operating theatres, 102 acute care beds, and 90 self-care beds.  The vessel accommodates a crew of up to 641 volunteers, and additional space can host up to 950 people at any one time when in port.  

Earlier this week, I-TECH AB announced that Selektope has been selected to protect the hull of the Global Mercy from barnacle fouling – which will improve its fuel efficiency and reduce maintenance costs.

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor