Mission Ship • Ixdos
Mobile Mother and Child Health Clinic
Working with the Dept of Health, Papua New Guinea for 5 years on an Asian Development Bank project to improve rural health services in the provinces.
Observing the need for a mobile Mother and Child Health clinic to take health services and sustainable water system technology to the islands.
To take health services and sustainable water system technology to otherwise deprived island communities wherever appropriate in the world.
The Schooner is under construction at Phuket, Thailand. She is being built to plans by Australian Naval Architect, Bruce Roberts.
She has been designed to achieve efficient sailing to windward and will also have an auxiliary engine.
Hull construction is from low carbon SS400 steel welded by certificated welders. Hull, decks and deck-house are complete and
she has 3 steel water-tight bulkheads. The hull has been insulated internally with PU foam. A forward section is dedicated as the Clinic. Her diesel engine is a marine Perkins150hp which came from HM King of Thailand’s royal barge in Bangkok. It has been completely overhauled.
- An 8KW Kohler diesel generator is installed in the engine-room.
- Two 700 litre fuel tanks have been installed in the engine-room.
- Two 350 litre (approx) water tanks have been installed in the poop.
- Two 350 litre (approx) water tanks have been installed for’ard.
- One 350 litre (approx) water tank has been installed in the keel.
- Two insulated spaces have been provided for cold chain refrigeration.
- 220V electrical supply is to starboard and 12v to port.
- A solar panel and a wind generator are on board.
- Accommodation is in 6 double cabins.
Professional crew will consist of Captain, Doctor, Nurse, and Teacher.
Amateur crew will be selected from student applications on a mission by mission basis.
Displacement: 30 tons
Immediate challenge :
- To raise sufficient funds to complete construction.
Further works to be completed:
- Masts, standing rigging, sails and running rigging
- Steering gear
- Anchor windlass
Anticipated launch date: December 2019
Anticipated first health missions :
- Burma, Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea
Sustaining the project for future health missions :
Especially: proper funding to provide continuity of health missions.