Mercy ships

A complex challenge with a successful result

When The Danish State Railways decided to build three IC train ferries to the Great Belt in 1978, they had hardly imagined that one of them would one day end up as the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship at shore on the African continent. Nevertheless, that was what happened to the ship, M/F Queen Ingrid.

M/F Queen Ingrid embarked on her maiden voyage in August 1980 on the Great Belt between Korsør and Nyborg. 17 years later it was all over, and she was put on stand-by in Nakskov, Denmark.

Two years later, new adventures were in store for The Queen Ingrid when she was purchased by Mercy Ships. It was the beginning of a long-term rebuild at the Cammel Laird and later A & P Tyne Shipyard, Newcastle, before she was ready to sail under the name “Africa Mercy” in 2007.

However, 39 years after she was launched, it was time for an upgrade and replacement of several key parts of the ship. As fate would have it Queen Ingrid once again fell into Danish hands.

Danish-German cooperation resulted in successful project

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From the left Christian Jordt, SH Group, Niels Jacob Wilquin, Hans Buch Marine & Hagen Dünzelmann, Loewe Marine

In the docks of Astican shipyard, Las Palmas, Danish Hans Buch Marine was responsible for replacing the ship’s steering control system. It was a complex challenge that was crucial to the continued operation of the ship.

What started as a more or less “simple” replacement of vital components, later became a real turn-key project, in which Hans Buch Marine, in collaboration with German Loewe Marine and Danish SH Group, played a crucial role.

Hans Buch Marine & Loewe Marine had the joint overall responsibility for the management of the project, the approval of mechanical and electrical systems, the start-up of the systems and the test sailing from Gran Canaria to Tenerife.

In addition, each of the companies involved had their specialized tasks, which ensured the success of the project. The project was completed in August 2019.

“Throughout my 40 years in the industry, I have never previously worked with such professional and competent people who are constantly chasing the best solution. Thank you.”

Alphonse Abraham, Technical Support Officer Mercy Ships

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