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Deltamarin to design a large hospital ship Finnish maritime company Deltamarin signed a contract with Tianjin Xingang Shipyard for the design of the world’s largest civilian hospital ship. ”We have a lot of experience of various types of ship projects, but this is the Photos: copyright Mercy Ships I n February 2014, the Turku-based first hospital ship project for us,” notes Mr. Jarmo Valtonen, Director of Deltamarin’s Marine business. Earlier, Deltamarin developed the concept design of the vessel for Mercy Ships together with Stena RoRo, who will manage the actual construction of the hospital ship. The delivery of the ship is planned for July 2017. CONTRACT INCLUDES TECHNICAL DESIGN Africa Mercy Mr. Valtonen mentions that the new pro- tually replace ’Africa Mercy’, although they ject is quite unique. In all, there are less may at first be jointly operated for a period than ten civilian hospital ships in use of time. around the world. ”Our design team consists of a total of approximately 30 designers.” According to Mr. Valtonen, the ”The basic design for the ship is design contract covers all the technical Currently, Mercy Ships is utilising an expected to be completed by the