stena line is a proud partner to mercy ships

We want to make a difference.

The humanitarian organisation Mercy Ships sails fully-equipped hospital ships staffed with volunteers to provide free, life-saving treatments to some of the poorest countries in the world. In Mercy Ships, Stena Line has found a partner that is committed to helping those who need it the most, and like us see the benefits and the flexibility of having the ocean and ships as their workplace.

The aim of our partnership is to raise awareness of Mercy Ships, increase the interest for donations among our passengers and partners, as well as promote volunteering among our employees to share their unique technical and naval competence.

Happy <3 Mercy Ships

This March, we shipped 1,000 Happy soft-toys to children in Guinea who had undergone eye surgery provided by Mercy Ships. It was a part of Mercy Ships’ reoccurring event called Celebration of Sight. Now our passengers can help make a difference too! For every Happy sold on board, we will donate €1 to Mercy Ships.

Man in machine room.
Johnny – our first volunteer

Our partnership with Mercy Ships is not only about engaging in fund raising – it is also to share the knowledge and competence we hold. That's why we, together with Mercy Ships, have created our very own volunteer program.


During the summer of 2018 two of our employees went south to volunteer with destination Guinea on the west coast of Africa. First in line was Johnny Joensuu, 34, from Norrköping who usually works as third engineer on Stena Saga. 


"You’ll only been giving this chance once in your life so why not seize it?" says Johnny who was away for three months.


Read more about Johnny's life onboard»


Maria Ekstrand, 47, is Floor manager onboard Stena Jutlandica and is working in the dining room for just over three months. Since Maria is a true globetrotter and likes challenges she immediately got interested when she heard about the volunteer program.


"I needed something new since 2017 was a tough year in many ways… I felt I needed to see something else to get a perspective on things and appreciate the life I live".


She is most excited to come and visit Guinea and take part of their culture.

"I’m very curious about their culture and hopefully I will get the chance to go ashore on the days I don’t work onboard", Maria says.


Read more about Maria's life onboard»

Sarah Scowcroft on board Africa Mercy.
From Irish Sea South to Africa Mercy

What started as a charity walk for Mercy Ships has now turned into a Guinean adventure for Sarah Scowcroft from Irish Sea South. Her initiative took her all the way to the hospital ship Africa Mercy to see how the £7 414.96 she helped raised is being used.


"We support Mercy Ships because we care about people and the world around us. The engagement from Sarah and her colleagues is an example of our employees living our company values. We are delighted that we and Mercy Ships together are able to offer Sarah this opportunity to visit Africa Mercy and see how the money raised is being used to make a difference on board the hospital ship", says Ian Hampton, Chief People & Communications Officer.



Read more about Sarah's adventure»