What We Do

Marine Reach’s focus is bringing quality health care to the remote islands of the South Pacific.

The use of ships is the most efficient means of bringing the medical personnel, supplies, surgeries to these remote, inaccessible islands.

We provide the ultimate in mobile medical services to those who otherwise would have limited or no access.

Marine Reach is committed to helping make a difference in the lives of others. Our projects and programmes are diverse; we encourage the development of new and imaginative ways to reach out to those in need.

Tauranga has been the home of the New Zealand operations launching small ships and mobile teams into the many island communities of the South Pacific.

Our ships carry volunteer medical teams consisting of doctors, nurses, dentists, optometrists and ophthalmologists. Hundreds of patients have received their eyesight back through cataract surgeries and thousands more have been given reading glasses and dental treatment.

Since our inception we have used different vessels (M/Y Pacific-Ruby, M/V Island Mercy and the M/V Pacific Link) to reach those in greatest need.

Most recently, we launched our newest vessel, the “Pacific Hope” from the port of Tauranga on June 29, 2015. She went on a medical outreach in Fiji and Vanuatu in 2015, returning to Vanuatu in 2016. The outreaches have begun again in Vanuatu , running from April- September 2017.

Medical Ministry

Marine Reach is a ministry that is meeting the challenge of oceans, islands, jungles and remote villages to bring medical support and the love of God to many isolated people around the South Pacific.

We support the local health systems by working alongside local health personnel in their vital work. Clinics are set-up in remote villages, where there is little or difficult and no access to health care. Across two decades of ministry, Marine Reach has served over 450,000 people with free medical services.

Medical programmes are specialised in the following areas:
  • Ophthalmology

  • Optometry

  • Dentistry

  • Primary Health Care

  • Physiotherapy Services

  • Health Education

Our Previous Ships
1990 - 1996

Our first vessel was the  M/V Pacific Ruby (293GRT). This vessel was donated to the organization and used for six years pioneering the work of Marine Reach in fifteen nations across the Pacific. In 1996 the vessel was sold to an Australian interest.

M/V Pacific Ruby

1996 - 2001

In 1994 the M/V Island Mercy (993GRT) was obtained and remained in service with Marine Reach for seven years. The vessel went through extensive renovations including the building of operating surgeries on board. Serving from the South Pacific to the Philippines Islands, over 100,000 men, women and children received medical care with many receiving cataract surgeries and dental treatment on board the vessel. The ship was sold in 2001 to a Philippine interest.

M/V Island Mercy

2001 - 2010

In January 2001 the M/V Pacific Link (283GRT) was purchased in Tauranga, New Zealand. After nine months of renovations including the construction of operating surgeries on board, she began service in the South Pacific in April 2002. In 2010, the Pacific Link was transferred to YWAM Medical Ships – Australia, based in Townsville, QLD. It currently serves in Papua New Guinea, reaching to some of the most remote parts of the world via the nations river systems.

M/V Pacific Link