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Hospital Ships

WASB are experts in the supply of hospital ships and all related medical equipment including oxygen production and waste water recycling.

WASB has signed a contract with the Regional government of the Iquitos in Peru to supply their first hospital ship: A 128 room, fully equipped floating hospital with 40 emergency beds, operating theatre, helideck, and all necessary medical equipment and facilities.

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Case Study: Loreto Region, Peru

Loreto is an Amazonian region located in north-eastern Peru. With 368,852 km2 (28 per cent of the national territory) Loreto is Peru’s largest region.

Loreto has the largest indigenous population of Peru’s amazon ;105,900 indigenous people from a total regional population of approximately 900,000. It is Peru’s most linguistically diverse region with 27 indigenous languages. Severe Poverty affects approximately 40% of the population: very high by international standards.

Stats: Regional Provisions

Health Care

Only 32 percent of these communities have even the most basic health facilities.

Medical Staff

92 percent of the facilities have no medical staff.


Virtually none of the facilities offer hospitalization.

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Innovative Financing

Through innovative funding WASB is able to supply the first of many hospital ships and for land based hospital facilities. The funding would cover 100% of project costs.

Customers must be able to supply a full financial bank guarantee from a recognised international bank. Once agreed the required ship, hospital and/or equipment supply with WASB. We offered a full funding loan package within 30 days of supplying the wording of the financial guarantee 

We Provide


We provide tried and tested innovative and scalable funding strategies to help finance projects.


W.A.S.B is fully transparent with our clients on all aspects and costs of projects we undertake.


With offices all over the world, W.A.S.B. is available when and where ever we are needed.

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Hospital Ship Size

Accommodation Block

  • Length: 41,380 mm

  • Height: 26,400 mm

  • Width: 17,235 mm

  • Weight: 1,300 ton


  • Vessel Type: desk cargo barge

  • Class: ABS* A1 barge

  • Length: 91.5 meters

  • Width: 24.5 meters

  • Draft MAX: 5.5 meters

  • Gross Tonnage: 3,105 tonnes

  • Net Tonnage: 931 tonnes

  • Dead Weight: 7,454 tonnes

  • Cargo on deck: 10 tonnes/M2

  • Helideck: Value 'D' 22.20m Suitable for EH 101 and Sikorsky S92

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Hospital Ship Details

The Iquitos floating hospital is entirely movable to new local locations along the Amazon area it has been selected to serve.

The ship has been designed so that it can hold stocks of medical equipment and can also operate as a base station from which other smaller medical boats can operate.

The hospital ship has a helideck so critical patients can be delivered at any time from any place.
A lot of patients will choose to come to the ship by canoe or small boat so pontoon docking facilities for such boats will be provided at the bow of the barge.

A general consultation suite will be constructed at the bow of the boat where incoming patients can be triaged on arrival without approaching the main hospital block.

There will be a further consultation suite at the stern of the barge to receive private patients.  There are many large mining companies in the region: very few of which have any medical facilities.  Treating the employees of these companies will be a steady source of income which the regional government can use to defray the running costs of the ship.  


Patient Capacity in Hospital Module

  • Waiting Room: 9

  • Triage: 2

  • Dining Room: 30

  • Surgery: 6

  • Diagnostic Imaging: 4

  • ICU: 6

  • Gynaecology/Births: 8

  • Hospitalisation 3rd Floor: 6

  • Hospitalisation 4th Floor: 22

  • Module Patient Capacity: 93

External Consultations Module

  • Waiting Room: 16

  • Queries: 12

  • Ophthalmology: 2

  • Dentistry: 2

  • Patient Capacity Module: 32

Health Personnel Capacity

  • Reception: 3

  • Triage: 2

  • Kitchen Room: 10

  • Surgery: 12

  • Diagnostic Imaging: 4

  • ICU: 6

  • Gynaecology/Births: 5

  • Infirmary 3rd Floor: 3

  • Personal Rest: 12

  • Infirmary 4th Floor: 3

  • Pharmacy: 3

  • Office/Teaching: 59

  • Health Personnel Capacity: 122

Capacity In External Consultions 

  • Reception: 2

  • Queries: 10

  • Ophthalmology: 2

  • Pharmacy: 4

  • Office: 3

  • Health Personnel Capacity: 23

Annual Capacity of the Surgical Block and Delivery Room

The Hospital Module has a surgical block with two operations theatres and a delivery room

Base Assumptions for hospital management:

Operating theatres

  • 1,000 interventions per operating theatre per year

  • 2,200 operating hours per year per theatre

  • operating 5 days per week, 45-50 weeks per year (225 to 250 days / year); 9 to 10 hours a day; 80% occupancy).


Delivery room

  • 2,100 hours of operation

  • Approximately 1,000 deliveries per year.

  • The capacity for programmed interventions in this surgical block is sufficient to offer surgical assistance to a population of approximately 20,000 inhabitants.

Examples of the Wide Range of Clinical Specialities Which Can Be Treated on the Floating Hospital

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  • Allergology

  • Anaesthesiology and resuscitation

  • Cardiology

  • Endocrinology 

  • Gastroenterology 

  • Geriatrics

  • Haematology and hemotherapy 

  • Infectiology

  • Occupational medicine

  • Emergency medicine

  • Family and community medicine

  • Primary health care

  • Intensive medicine

  • Internal medicine

  • Preventive medicine and public health

  • Nephrology

  • Urology

  • Traumatology

  • Pneumology

  • Neurology

  • Ophthalmology 

  • Medical oncology 

  • Pediatrics

  • Toxicology 

  • Cardiovascular surgery

  • General and digestive system surgery

  • Orthopedic surgery and traumatology

  • Pediatric surgery

  • Thoracic surgery

  • Neurosurgery

  • Angiology and vascular surgery

  • Dermatology

  • Dentistry

  • Gynecology and obstetrics

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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