Rolls-Royce to support international medical charity Mercy Ships

Monday, 19 May 2014

Rolls-Royce announced today support for Mercy Ships, an international charity with the mission to increase global access to healthcare through a fleet of hospital ships. Rolls-Royce will provide a comprehensive service offering for the equipment aboard the Africa Mercy, as well as access to world-class Rolls-Royce training facilities and direct financial support.

Mercy Ships bring free, quality medical care to the poorest nations of the world using their unique converted ferry Africa Mercy. The largest non-governmental hospital ship in the world, her features include five operating theatres and 82 patient beds with an annual capacity of approximately 7,000 surgical procedures. Through 578 port visits in 70 nations, Mercy Ships have touched more than 2.4 million patients, including over 67,000 life-changing surgeries.

This partnership with Rolls-Royce will help to ensure the continued, uninterrupted operation of Africa Mercy. Andy Marsh, Rolls-Royce, President of Marine Services, said: "Rolls-Royce are honoured and excited to support the mission of Mercy Ships and see this partnership as an opportunity for Rolls-Royce to use our marine equipment expertise and dedicated people to enhance the tremendous work Mercy Ships performs in caring for the underprivileged around the globe."

Russ Holmes, Mercy Ships Director of Corporate Relations, said: "Partnering with  Rolls-Royce provides us the opportunity to keep our hospital ship, Africa Mercy maintained to the highest standard so that we can continue providing healthcare to the poorest of the poor. It also gives Rolls-Royce employees the chance to be a part of what we do. We are so thankful for their support."

Rolls-Royce is committed to making a positive difference to the communities in which it operates, enabling its vision of ‘Better Power for a Changing World’.

ABOUT MERCY SHIPS:

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, treating more than 2.42 million direct beneficiaries. Each year Mercy Ships has more than 1,600 volunteers from more than 35 nations. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. For more information click on www.mercyships.org

  1. Rolls-Royce's vision is to create better power for a changing world via two main business segments, Aerospace and Marine & Industrial Power Systems (MIPS). These business segments address markets with two strong technology platforms, gas turbines and reciprocating engines, for use on land, at sea and in the air.
  2. Aerospace comprises Civil Aerospace and Defence Aerospace. MIPS comprises Marine, Energy & Nuclear and Power Systems (RRPS). On 7 March 2014, Daimler announced their intention to exercise their option to sell their 50% share in RRPS to Rolls-Royce Holdings plc. On 16 April 2014, Rolls-Royce and Daimler announced that they have agreed the valuation of Daimler's 50% equity interest. The transaction is expected to complete within the coming months and is subject to the usual regulatory approvals.
  3. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 120 countries, comprising more than 380 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and 1,600 energy and nuclear customers.
  4. Our business is focused on the 4Cs:
    • Customer - placing the customer at the heart of our business
    • Concentration - deciding where to grow and where not to
    • Cost - continually looking to increase efficiency
    • Cash - improving financial performance.
  5. Annual underlying revenue was £15.5 billion in 2013, around half of which came from the provision of aftermarket services. The firm and announced order book stood at £71.6 billion at 31 December 2013.
  6. In 2013, Rolls-Royce invested £1.1 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers with the forefront of scientific research.
  7. Rolls-Royce employs over 55,000 people in 45 countries. Over 17,000 of these are engineers.
  8. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills. In 2013 we employed 379 graduates and 288 apprentices through our worldwide training programmes.

For further information, please contact:

Craig Taylor
Head of Communications – Marine
Mobile : +44 (0)7807 969 426
Email: craig.taylor2@rolls-royce.com

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