Mercy Ships just built a new hospital ship. Every other hospital ship I heard of was a convert. This is a modified RO/RO design. Also if anyone is interested I know they are always looking for professional Mariners as volunteer crew. https://www.marineinsight.com/videos/watch-global-mercy-worlds-largest-ngo-hospital-ship-unveiled/amp/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:%20MarineInsight%20(Marine%20Insight)
Yea I had thought about volunteering for them. But if they want me to volunteer my time and professional expertise on top of donating them money, I can’t afford that. Even MSF doesn’t make you pay your own way. I always find it odd they try to recruit at Academy career fairs.
New hospital ship looks very similar to the design for the new training academy ships
New training ships are set up to be able to be used as hospital ships.
If you really felt compelled to volunteer I heard of people obtaining sponsorship through their community back home. In my hometown I know a couple of doctor offices & small business owners who would love to associate their businesses with a person who volunteers to save lives. Might even get mentioned on the local news?
My wife & I talked about volunteering with Mercy Ship or SmileTrain in early retirement. But I wouldn’t want to be CE with Mercy. I have a coworker who volunteers with Doctors Without Borders & he told me once he was responsible for fixing a portable generator that went down. He said he was scratching his head trying to find the problem & a doc casually stuck his head in the room & told him that 2 people were going to die if the gen wasn’t running before their backup batteries went out. I’ve been pretty good at keeping the lights on over the years but I wouldn’t want the stress of knowing somewhere on board someone is performing surgery
Crew fees are only a few hundred dollars a month and would be a charity donation. Here’s a list of Mariner positions available: https://opportunities.mercyships.org/opportunities-listings/?fwp_sectors=mariner
That’s a good point. Instead I ended up volunteering with my Local Chapter of the American Red Cross. I loved the opportunities it gave me to support my local community during disasters, as well as the opportunity I had to deploy to a much larger scale disaster in a different region.