Mercy Ships' first purpose-built hospital ship newbuilding has completed deepwater sea trials, ahead of entering service in 2022.

After the medical charity takes delivery of the 37,000-gt Global Mercy, the world’s largest civilian hospital ship will sail from a shipyard in China to Belgium, where it will be a guest of the Port of Antwerp.

“These deepwater trials represent a critical checklist before delivery for our new purpose-built ship to become the platform for service it is designed to be.