7 Biggest Hospital Ships in the World

A hospital ship is designed to be a floating hospital on the ocean or seas to offer medical treatment spanning from minor to major surgeries, prescribing medication, etc.

This world’s biggest civilian hospital ship was built as a floating medical centre for Mercy Ships. This humanitarian organisation operates the largest non-governmental hospital ships in the world.

The second largest hospital ship in the Mercy Ships’ fleet and the world, is 152 m long & 23.7m wide with a 6m draught. It was converted from a rail ferry called MS Droning Ingrid in 2007.

USNS Mercy is the lead ship of her class and is in non-commissioned service with the US Navy, strives to offer medical & surgical operations to support Marine Corps Air and Ground Task Forces, the naval amphibious task forces, Army and Air Force units, and battle forces.

Constructed by the Gijon Yard of the Izar Group in 2001, Esperanza Del Mar belongs to Spain. It was built to function in unpleasant weather conditions to offer medical assistance when required.

The lead ship and the only ship in her class, this Type 920 hospital ship belongs to the Chinese Navy, built by Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited and launched in 2007 to give China a means to offer better and quicker humanitarian assistance.

This Ob-class hospital ship of the Russian Navy was constructed to offer medical care. Part of the Pacific Fleet, it has a civilian crew but can carry uniformed naval medical personnel.

This medical relief ship that has a dental clinic and a general medical facility and can accommodate around 60 people. Under the ambit of Marine Reach Global, this ship continues to make its impact in taking medical help to the needy across the globe.