Measuring 35m, the motor sailor yacht came to be as a result of the devastation caused across Fiji after Cyclone Winston last February. The vessel will allow the charity to access remote locations.
Gerard Dykstra explained, “Sea Mercy needed a vessel for their remote island program; a transport support barge, a floating hospital, an educational research and training vessel, a disaster response and recovery vessel, an economic development delivery platform, or a combination of some or all the above.”
Louis Hamming from Vitters commented, “To be able to contribute to such a worthy program as Sea Mercy is a real honour for us, and we hope our experience and technical expertise will mean that Sea Bridge One exceeds the operational expectations and demands put on the vessel.”
According to reports, the project has not yet been built, but is in its final stage of fundraising, with a shortlist of potential partners. If built, Sea Bridge One’s total sail area would measure 500sqm, and be powered by two 268hp Caterpillar engines.