ABB Azipod Propulsion Helps Global Mercy to Access All Harbors
ABB’s Azipod propulsion will help Global Mercy enter less accessible harbors off the African coast, while reducing vibrations and noise, crucial to the comfort of up to 200 patients and medical personnel on board. . The newest Mercy Ships vessel, the world’s largest purpose-built civilian hospital ship Global Mercy, has been delivered by Tianjin Xingang Shipyard in China during an official ceremony held on June 24, 2021. Global Mercy is equipped with two Azipod propulsion units, as part of a comprehensive scope of electric, digital and connected solutions to optimize operation.
Renowned for its superior maneuverability enabled by 360-degree rotation, the Azipod system will help the 174-meter ship to navigate through narrow passages and dock in shallow harbors, which are less accessible to other vessels. With many African ports being too shallow for large ships, and with limited or lacking tugboat availability, this feature of Azipod propulsion will prove crucial for Global Mercy’s ability to deliver healthcare to those in need. Additionally, the Azipod system’s pioneering design minimizes noise and vibrations, ensuring a smoother, quieter stay for patients and crew on board.
With about 5 billion people lacking access to surgical care globally, international charity Mercy Ships uses hospital vessels to provide surgeries and medical assistance for free to people who have little access to healthcare
Specially designed by Deltamarin, with Stena RoRo responsible for vessel specification and project management, Global Mercy will feature six operating theatres, hospital wards for 200 patients, general outpatient facilities, ophthalmology and dental clinics, and its own laboratory. The vessel is expected to embark on its first medical air mission to sub-Saharan Africa in 2022, joining the charity’s existing vessel Africa Mercy and thus more than doubling the capacity of Mercy Ships to provide free healthcare.