Jubilee Hope - Heavy Lift

May 2014.

Jubilee Hope - Floating Medical Centre

The 24m, 155 tonne Jubilee Hope is an ex Royal Navy ship newly decked out with state-of-the-art medical equipment by The Vine Trust charity. This floating medical and dental centre set sail from Glasgow on the 22nd of January 2014, and after 101 days arrived at Comarco Base in  Mombasa, Kenya on 2nd of May.

Her final destination is the Tanzanian waters of Lake Victoria where, perhaps as many as 500,000 people, in over 150 island communities are living without access to basic health care. Jubilee Hope will allow medical professionals to travel to many of them and provide primary health care to over 100,000 people annually.

The JH/Woodgate team have now removed the wheel house and funnels, to reduce the overall height in readiness for the road transport, Comarco then tandem lifted her using 2 x Kobelco 250t lattice boom crawler cranes and specially commissioned rigging equipment, directly from the water onto a purpose built cradle which in turn is mounted on a specialised heavy lift trailer.

After water jetting, surface preparation and painting of the hull, Jubilee Hope will be transported to the Port of Mombasa on board barge Comarco 186 where she will be rolled off before beginning the overland leg of her journey to Kisumu, Lake Victoria. 

Once at Kisumu she will be refitted by the JH/Woodgate team then Comarco will re-launch Jubilee Hope into the lake on a rail mounted bogey trailer. At this point the Jubilee Hope will have sailed more than 8000 nautical miles around Africa, and travelled more than 500 miles on land.

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