Esperanza del Mar

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Esperanza Del Mar
Esperanza del Mar in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 2001
Name: Esperanza del Mar
Builder: Juliana Constructora Gijonesa S.A., Gijon, Spain
Commissioned: October 2001
In service: November 2001
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Displacement: 4.996 GT
Length: 97.34 m (319.4 ft)
Beam: 17.70 m (58.1 ft)
Draught: 5.50 m (18.0 ft)
Propulsion: 2 × 2.700 Kw
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Range: 7.000 sm

There have been at least three Ships bearing the name Esperanza del Mar [espeˈɾanθa ðel maɾ] (span. „Hope of the Sea“), operated by the Instituto Social de la Marina (Social Institute of the Navy, ISM) on behalf of the Spanish Department of Labor serving as hospital ships for Spanish fishermen.

2001 Vessel[edit]

Costing over €21 million, with around 20 percent being funded by subsidies from the European Union, the ship was built by Juliana Constructora Gijonesa S.A., in Gijon, Spain. Commissioned in October, it entered regular service in late November 2001. Homeported in Las Palmas, Esperanza del Mar provides medical services for the crews of the Spanish industrial fishing fleet off the coast of Western Africa.

It is one of the larger hospital ships currently in service and possibly the largest purpose-built hospital ship (instead of converted vessels).[citation needed]

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