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INNOVATION WE NEED NOW: MSC Ferry Converted into Floating Hospital

PortandTerminal.com, March 28, 2020

The first passenger vessel to be converted into a hospital ship to support the coronavirus battle is MSC Group’s Splendid, operated by GNV.

GENOA, ITALY – Grandi Navi Veloci (GNV), which is part of the MSC Group, has converted its vessel Splendid into a hospital as part of a project with certification company Rina and in coordination with Italy’s Liguria health system.

Isolation cabin on a ferry
Initially Splendid will offer 25 beds in single isolation cabins. It will be possible to quickly equip further cabins up to a total of 400 beds.

The ship is stationed in Genoa. Initially Splendid will offer 25 beds in single isolation cabins, in addition to a medical area with beds for treating emergencies and separate medical and crew accommodation areas. It will be possible to quickly equip further cabins up to a total of 400 beds.

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In case of need, Splendid could quickly be fitted with intensive care units in container modules to be housed in the ferry’s vehicle deck, an area also suitable for emergency vehicles. This would make the ship an effective field hospital.

GNV had experience in such an effort, having stepped up in 2017 on a similar project following the humanitarian emergency caused by Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean.

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