Formerly a Norwegian ferry (Polarlys), the Caribbean Mercy was acquired by Mercy Ships in 1994. In her 12-year history, the Caribbean Mercy contributed more than 20% of Mercy Ships' total output in terms of number of services, value and beneficiaries, serving primarily in Central America and the Caribbean basin. While in port, she hosted an average crew of 120 volunteers from more than 20 nations.
The Caribbean Mercy was outfitted with an eye surgery unit, cargo capacity and accommodation for up to 150 people while in port, as well as conference and seminar facilities used for a variety of programmes. Her fuel and water tanks provided a cruising range of 12 days, or 3,600 miles.
Crew onboard the Caribbean Mercy offered close to 289,000 services, at a value of over $100 million and with 348,800 people as direct beneficiaries.
The Caribbean Mercy visited 137 total ports in her 12-year history, and conducted 56 field assignments in 13 nations: Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Russia, Korea, China, Philippines, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Honduras and Belize.
During her first 42 years the ship only travelled within Norway. During her 12 years of service as a Mercy Ship, she visited 18 countries. In 2006 she was sold to a family foundation to be renovated.
Gross Tonnage: 2,125
Built: 1952 Aalbord, Denmark
Crew Capacity: 87
Cargo Capacity: 688m3
Main Engine: 1 MAK diesel (3,670 BHP)
Surveyed By: Det Norske Veritas