The M/V Africa Mercy hospital ship was stuck in Las Palmas caused by problems with the generator and thus no power on the entire ship. Man Diesel & Turbo in Frederikshavn, Denmark, donate all spare parts to this ship, so they booked Scan Global Logistics Airfreight department in Billund, Denmark, to handle this urgent delivery.
Together, SGL and Man Diesel & Turbo decided to arrange an on-board delivery. Literally, this means that SGL sent an employee to personally pick up the spare part in Copenhagen airport and then take first flight possible to Las Palmas bringing the spare part in his hand luggage into the aircraft cabin and personally handing it over to the personnel of the Africa Mercy.
Las Palmas huge holiday destination
SGL handle many urgent deliveries for Man Diesel & Turbo but in most cases, the spare parts are shipped off as regular cargo. This case however, was different, as Man Diesel & Turbo could not risk the cargo being off-loaded in the airport. Las Palmas is a huge holiday destination, the holiday season has only just started, meaning that the aircrafts would be filled with many tourists and much luggage, and therefore there was a risk of low priority. SGL’s most safe solution was to bring the cargo in person.
Successful delivery
Several SGL employees were involved in the planning, coordination and documentation of the delivery, while trainee Nicklas Christensen picked up his passport and took off to Copenhagen to pick up the spare parts. Almost 24 hours later, he met with Martha Rodriguez in Las Plamas airport where he could hand over the spare parts after a very successful delivery planning and performance!
About Man Diesel & Turbo
MAN Diesel & Turbo is the world’s leading provider of large-bore diesel engines and turbomachinery for marine and stationary applications. MAN Diesel & Turbo’s range of goods includes complete marine propulsion systems, turbomachinery units for the oil & gas as well as the process industries and complete power plant solutions. MAN Diesel & Turbo is a company in the Power Engineering business area of MAN SE. Man Diesel & Turbo is sponsor for Mercy Ships and deliver spare parts for engines and control systems free of charge.
About Mercy Ships
Mercy Ships, founded in 1978, is a global humanitarian organisation based on Christian values of charity. The organisation operate from hospital ships in developing countries and provide free medical care to the world’s poorest. A ship is the most efficient platform to deliver a state-of-the-art-hospital to regions where clean water, electricity, medical facilities and skilled personnel is limited to non-existent.

The European Investment Bank (EIB), Societe Generale and Brittany Ferries have inked the first green maritime financing under EIB’s EUR 750 million Green Shipping Guarantee (GSG) programme.

The Picture of the M/V Africa Mercy is used by kind permission of Mercy Ships in Denmark