LOGOS HOPE is the newest ship of the OM Ships fleet, which has had the ships Logos, Logos II and Doulos in the past. This previous vessels visited Sierra Leone in several occasions, being Logos II the last one in 2005. All of them have been known as “The Book Ships”.
ll of the fleet had received around 40 million visitors in 40 years of service, visiting more than 450 ports in over 150 countries and territories.
LOGOS HOPE has been sailing from February 2009 and has visited 34 ports in 26 nations and she has received nearly a million visitors onboard.
Logos Hope is more than twice the size of the previous ship. It is fully air conditioned and offers 500,000 books and related materials. With more than 7,500 different titles on cooking, children books, literature in general, management, dictionaries, etc. It is the world´s largest floating Book fair. The books are sold only for a fraction of their retail value.
But the ship is not just about books, it´s also a vibrant community of 400 volunteers from 50 different nations,“transforming lives bringing Knowledge, Help and Hope.” Knowledge is provided through the Book fair; Help with many teams going onshore to work alongside with other organisations to improve the life´s quality for people in the country, and Hope by sharing the life changing personal experiences and encounters with God of every crewmember with locals.
LOGOS HOPE is operated GBA Ships, a non-profit organisation registered in Germany. After buying her in 2004 much work was done to convert her from a vehicle and passenger ferry into the ship needed for this organisation. After redelivery from the shipyard, Logos Hope entered a final period of outfitting before beginning full time service around the world in February 2009. GBA Ships seeks to promote good education and international understanding through its floating Book fair and Cultural exchange programmes.
LOGOS HOPE will be berthed in the Water Quay, Savage Square gate, and opened to the public from June 15th to 27th.