Wednesday 9 November 2022: Mercy Ships Cargo Day, an annual online fundraising event established by the worldwide shipping and trading community in 2016, has raised almost 5 million in 6 years.

This upcoming event provides the opportunity for the shipping and trading community around the world to donate 50 percent of its commissions on cargoes (Mercy Cargoes) or make a direct financial contribution to Mercy Ships.

Last year, Mercy Ships Cargo Day raised more than USD 800,000 from 84 participants, including charterers, ship owners, shipbrokers, and others.

Our milestone goal this year is to beat the 2019 Cargo Day record set of 1.3 million.

Partnership has been tremendous through our Geneva, Singapore and Houston Cargo Day committees, who are leading the way to increasing support worldwide. Now the London and Rotterdam committees (currently being established) are joining their ranks.

We are incredibly grateful for the support of these amazing companies, whose dedication allows Mercy Ships to deploy our hospital ships to some of the most impoverished nations in Africa. They bring hope and healing to those in most need,” said Corinne Kemp, Communication Manager of Mercy Ships Cargo Day.

Prize winners of 2021

In September, more than 240 guests from the shipping and trading communities were celebrating the results of 2021 during the Cargo Day Gala 2022 at the Hotel Beau Rivage in Geneva.

These following shipping companies were the 2021 prize winners.

  • Nyala Shipping won the Charterer Trophy with the highest amount of address commissions
  • Trafigura won the Cargo Day Trophy with the highest number of Mercy Cargoes
  • Clarksons won the Best Broker Trophy with the highest amount of Mercy Cargoes
  • Eastern Pacific Shipping won the Owner Trophy with the highest pledge amount
  • and finally, Scorpio won the 2021 Committee Trophy.

Inaugural launch of the Ships Ahoy Model Auction boosts fundraising by almost half of a million

An auction raising funds through the sale of 4 scale replica model ships was organised at the Cargo Day Gala. Thanks to a philanthropical offer of a dollar-for-dollar match donation, the event raised almost half million dollars for Mercy Ships.

The auction winners were:

– BRS won the MT SEADRIVE donated by Thenamaris
– Oryx Energies won the MT STENA IMPERATIVE – donated by Stena Bulk
– Augusta won the MT GREENWAY – donated by Eastern Pacific Shipping
– Eastern Pacific Shipping won the MV GLOBAL MERCY.

“We have supported Cargo Day since the beginning and hope that many more companies will join us in the course of time. The building of the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Global Mercy, is a huge achievement that will have a transformational effect during the half-century to come, and we are delighted to have been able to make a contribution to its success.” – Gilles Rolland, Managing Director of Nyala Shipping who is a member of the Geneva committee member since 2016.

About the Global Mercy

Length: 174 meters
Breadth: 28.6 meters
Draught: 6.15 meters
Gross weight: 37,000 tonnes
Deadweight: 4,500 tonnes
Total area: 30,000 square meters

 About Mercy Ships

Global health for the last two decades has focused on individual diseases, while surgical care in low-resource countries has not received the attention it needs. Lack of surgical care resulted in almost 17 million deaths annually.

Mercy Ships is an international faith-based organization that operates hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, medical capacity building, and health system strengthening to those with little access to safe surgical care. Since 1978, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 55 countries, with the last three decades focused entirely on partnering with African nations. Each year, volunteer professionals from over 60 countries serve on board the world’s two largest non-governmental hospital ships, the Africa Mercy® and the Global Mercy™. Professionals such as surgeons, dentists, nurses, health trainers, cooks, and engineers dedicate their time and skills to the cause. Mercy Ships has offices in 16 countries and an Africa Bureau.

For more Information about Cargo Day, contact:

Corinne Kemp
Communication Manager, Mercy Ships Cargo Day
Mobile: +41 76 561 65 54
Email: [email protected]

For more Information about Mercy Ships, contact:

Diane Rickard
International Media Relations Manager
Mercy Ships
[email protected]