Lloyd’s Register (LR) has entered into a three-year corporate partnership with Mercy Ships, the international development organisation that deploys hospital ships to some of the poorest countries in the world, delivering vital, free healthcare to people in desperate need.
Building on more than 40 years of co-operation, with LR supporting the construction of the world’s first purpose-built civilian hospital ship Global Mercy™, the partnership will focus on funding safety training for crew and officers from around the globe who serve on both of the Mercy Ships. As part of the programme, Mercy Ships will release annual impact reports to measure success and ensure funding is used effectively.
More than 50% of the world’s population live near the coast, meaning hospital ships are an extremely effective method of reaching those in surgical/medical need. Global Mercy has joined Africa Mercy, doubling the capacity for the charity’s surgery and treatment in West Africa. Safe and accessible surgery is desperately required in both West and East Africa. Currently, unmet surgical need sits at 87% and 80% respectively for both regions, whilst the impact of COVID-19 has made the need greater in a continent that has only 1 doctor for 100,000 people.
This week, heads of state and officials from 12 nations will welcome the ship to Dakar, its first African port of call. Invited by HE President of Senegal Macky Sall, they will meet to approve a Dakar Declaration, committing to accelerate progress on safe surgery in their nations, in alignment with Africa’s 2030 development goal. is widely recognised across the maritime industry with the organisation selected as the charity for Posidonia 2022.
Philippa Charlton, Lloyd’s Register’s Chief Marketing Officer said: “Both Lloyd’s Register and Mercy Ships are social purpose organisations focused on delivering measurable outcomes. We have been working together since 1978 and this sponsorship programme will ensure that those who support Mercy Ships help vulnerable people in surgical need can readily access the maritime safety training they require.”
Jim Paterson, Marine Executive Consultant, Mercy Ships said: “It has been my privilege to work closely with LR during my 35 years with Mercy Ships. We have collaborated on the general operations of our small fleet and most recently on the successful delivery of the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship. I appreciate the fact that the LR team are always willing to work together with us to find solutions to every challenge that arises.”