Pacific Link given to YWAM Australia
The MV Pacific Link is a 283 tonne vessel that was refurbished by its previous owner in such a way that it made it ideal for our ministry. There were two rooms that were partially built as if in preparation for the construction of a medical clinic. This clinic, now completed, is larger than the one onboard the MV Island Mercy (one of our previous vessels) and is enabling us to see the same number of patients, if not more.
In October 2010 we celebrated the official handover of the YWAM Medical Ship from Marine Reach New Zealand to YWAM Australia.
In one of the most incredible acts of generosity in YWAM’s history, Captain Jesse Misa ceremoniously handed a beautifully mounted ship’s steering wheel to Ken & Robyn Mulligan, handing over not just a ship, but a ministry centre, a home, and years of memories for many who have faithfully served.
Jesse Misa spoke at the turnover of the ship. Here is a summary of his words: “In obedience to the Lord’s directive, we are so privileged to be able to give this gift to YWAM Australia. The M/V Pacific Link has served in the Pacific for over ten years and we look forward to working alongside our YWAM Australia family as they take on the operation of the ship and advance the work of Marine Reach-YWAM deep into the needy, isolated regions of Papua New Guinea. We have indeed entered into a new season for Marine Reach – Youth With A Mission and the use of ships around the globe. It is a privilege to be a part of this ministry at this juncture of history.”
With the joy of giving comes the responsibility of receiving. It was a humbling and emotional moment as Ken and Robyn Mulligan, spearheads for YWAM Medical Ships Australia, stood to accept the gift on behalf of YWAM Australia.
“We don’t take this lightly,” said Ken. “It’s a huge gift and we have spent the past couple of years preparing to receive it. We’re very grateful and our commitment is to help continue to bring hope in the Pacific.”
The celebration also noted the 15,000 health services, resources, and education seminars distributed by Marine Reach New Zealand and YWAM Australia in Papua New Guinea in 2010.
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YWAM Reef to Outback – YWAM Medical Ship
The Pacific Link has onboard facilities to bring healing to many nations in need; from simple treatment of infection to life changing cataract surgeries. Through this ship, Marine Reach is bringing both physical and spiritual healing to isolated people groups.
Many countries and islands in the Pacific Region lack the basic medical services that are typically accessible to first world nations. A simple infection can often become a life threatening illness if left untreated. Poor water and sanitation facilities can bring disease and sickness to entire villages with devastating results.
The ship has a large air conditioned lounge where crew and DTS students can relax during their leisure time. Equipped with a multimedia projector and screen, computers and a small library this is the social centre of the ship. Aft of the lounge is the Rope or ‘Poop’ Deck where some of the crew are stationed when leaving or docking the ship. It is also a perfect location for fishing!
The MV Pacific Link has a well equipped bridge with all the standard navigation equipment for the safe operation of the ship while underway. From time to time crew and students will be asked to help ‘stand watch’ alongside our certificated navigation officers when at sea.
This is also known as the ‘Mess Hall’. Seating capacity is limited to about 25 people, so when the ship has her full compliment onboard, meals are served from the galley in 2 sittings. At other times this area is ideal for small meetings or study.
Built: Japan, 1979
Owner: Marine Reach – YWAM
GRT: 283 tons
Length: 37 metres
Breadth: 7.3 metres
Draft: 3.2 meters
Capacity: 50 Berths
Engines: Daihatsu 900hp diesel engine
Propulsion: Variable pitch propeller
Flag: Cook Islands Private Yacht
Facilities: Operating Theatre
Economical Speed: 9.5 knots
Home Port: Avatiu, Cook Islands