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Brazil readies new fluvial hospital ship for commissioning

17 April 2019
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A new Brazilian fluvial hospital ship, to be managed by the St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity, is scheduled to be commissioned in late April, the Brazilian Navy (Marinha do Brasil) said.

The vessel, named Papa Francisco in honor of Pope Francis, has a length of 35 m, displaces 190 tonnes, and has a max speed of 11 kt. It is equipped with surgery rooms, an infirmary, a pharmacy, as well as radiography and mammography facilities, the navy said. The vessel is a multi-task fluvial boat (barco fluvial multitarefa) constructed by Brazil’s Empresa Gerencial de Projetos Navais (EMGEPRON).

Trials were carried out on 14 March in Jaci, São Paulo state, and Papa Francisco ’s maiden voyage is scheduled for June, according to the navy.

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