MAN Diesel & Turbo will be supplying four new 5L21/31 on-board generators to Mercy Ships International, a charitable organization that is developing a hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, to provide free medical care in African coastal areas to those who otherwise couldn’t afford it. The donation of the generators amounts to around €350 000.

The Africa Mercy, which the company said will be the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, is equipped with the facilities of a medium-sized hospital, including six operating theaters, modern X-ray and computer tomography equipment, a dental practice and pharmacy, along with facilities for approximately 400 voluntary crew members and their families, recreation rooms, large kitchen, laundry and school for 60 students.

The diesel generators will each provide an output of 1000 kW and mounted in a configuration to minimize vibration to reduce the risk to the doctor’s work. The engines are due to be installed when the vessel is put into port in South Africa in September 2010.

“Some of the world’s poorest countries are situated on the African coast. Many people in these areas have no hope of receiving medical treatment, either because the medical infrastructure is not there or because it is only accessible to the few who can afford it. Mercy Ships does something remarkable by providing free assistance on its hospital ship in these very areas. We are delighted to support this vital initiative with our own diesel engines. It’s important to us to fulfil our social responsibility even in economically difficult times,” said Klaus Stahlmann, CEO of MAN Diesel & Turbo SE.

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