Secure Mooring Lines for Mercy Ships Hospital Ship


Lankhorst Ropes and Phillystran donate Euroflex® mooring lines

Mooring lines donated by leading maritime ropes supplier Lankhorst Ropes and high performance ropes maker Phillystran have been successfully installed on the Africa Mercy, the largest charity-run hospital ship in the world, operated by Mercy Ships. The Euroflex® mooring lines will provide the secure moorings needed to ensure surgical operations can be conducted safely.

Mercy Ships is an international non-governmental, faith-based organization providing healthcare services to the world’s poorest countries. The Africa Mercy hospital ship is dedicated to serving the people of sub-Saharan Africa. The Euroflex® mooring lines were installed during the hospital ship’s annual maintenance in Tenerife, part of the Canary Islands. In total four mooring lines have been supplied by Lankhorst and Phillystran.

The reels of Euroflex® rope were delivered to our warehouse facility in Houston and then destined for West Africa. Installation of the mooring lines was straightforward. We are grateful to Lankhorst Ropes and Phillystran for generously donating them,” said Ciaran Holden, Marine Operations Technical Director for Mercy Ships. “The stability of the vessel for surgical procedures and the comfort of our patients and crew is crucial for us to bring safe and successful medical care to people from nations including Senegal, Guinea, Cameroon, Benin and Madagascar.

“We are pleased to support the valuable work of Mercy Ships as part of one of Lankhorst Ropes’ initiatives to contribute to the creation of a better world. During these difficult times, their services are needed more than ever,” said Mark Pieter Frölich, Commercial Director for Lankhorst Ropes USA & Phillystran. “Euroflex® ropes offer excellent handling properties, including high strength, high energy absorption and excellent abrasion resistance, to produce one of the best performing mooring ropes available.

The Africa Mercy contains five operating rooms, a four-bed recovery area, intensive care for up to five patients, and 80 ward beds. It carries about 400 volunteer crew members from up to 50 nations. Each year, over 2,000 free, life-changing surgeries are performed in the operating theatres onboard. Mooring the Africa Mercy safely and securely in a sub-Saharan African port is no small feat compared to mooring a regular vessel.

Mercy Ships – serving the world’s forgotten poor

Mercy Ships serves countries that lie on the lower third of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Human Development Index, where access to safe, affordable, and timely surgery is extremely limited. As a result, countless people suffer and die from conditions that can easily be cured. In partnership with developing countries striving to make healthcare accessible for all, Mercy Ships offers programmes that bring holistic support. Since 1978, Mercy Ships has delivered services to more than 2.7 million direct beneficiaries.


Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, capacity building, and sustainable development to those with little access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 55 developing countries, providing services valued at more than $1.6 billion and directly benefitting more than 2.7 million people. Our ships are crewed by volunteers from over 50 nations, with an average of over 1,300 volunteers each year. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills. With 16 national offices and an Africa Bureau, Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time.

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Founded in 1972, Phillystran is ‘the’ specialist in high performance, synthetic fiber ropes for demanding applications. By combining cutting edge technical know-how with the industry’s broadest range of advanced fibers, Phillystran has a reputation for excellence in the development of ropes that set the standard for performance, longevity and efficiency.

Phillystran products are used worldwide in a broad range of marine, industrial and naval rope applications including mooring lines, life lines and winch lines, boat rigging, structural support lines, power cables, broadcast tower guy cables and seismic cables.

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For more information on our Euroflex® mooring rope visit the product page.

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