World’s largest floating bookshop, MV Logos Hope, berthed in PE

JUNE 11, 2016

The world’s largest floating bookshop, MV Logos Hope opened her doors on Thursday to share over 5000 different titles of educational and Christian books with the Nelson Mandela Bay Community during her visit from 09 – 19 June 2016. The vessel is currently berthed at the Multi-Purpose Terminal.

Logos Hope is GBA Ships’ largest vessel and was purchased in 2004. The ship's gross tonnage is three times that of Logos II with additional space that provides a better quality of life for the crew and gives visitors the opportunity to choose from a wider range of activities. After going through a complete renovation to transform her from a ferry into the ship she is today, Logos Hope launched into active service in February 2009.

The newly created Logos Hope experience (which is situated on a deck that was installed into the ferry’s car area) holds up to 800 visitors at any time, with the capacity to host an additional 500 in the Hope Theatre and Logos Lounge.

She is operated by the German charity registered as GBA Ships e.V. – “Gute Bücher für Alle” (Good Books for All) and consists of 400 international volunteers from more than 55 countries, most of whom have devoted 2 years to serve this charitable endeavour, working on-board the ship without receiving any salary.

Over the past 40 years, GBA Ships have visited many different countries around the world “Bringing Knowledge, Help and Hope” to the people of the world through giving access to good literature and charitable work.

On-board the ship, a visitor’s experience includes the following: Welcome area,Book fair,Journey of Life and Café.

The Port Manager, Rajesh Dana said “Hosting Logos Hope takes the Port of Port Elizabeth a step closer to realising its vision of becoming a people centric smart port. Transnet National Ports Authority welcomes Logos Hope and is especially excited about the prospect of re-instilling the importance of reading, particularly to the younger generation”.

The vessel will officially open to the Nelson Mandela Bay community on 09 - 19 June and the schedule will be as follows:

• 10 – 11 June: 10h00 – 21h00
• 12 – 14 June: 14h00 – 21h00
• 15 – 18 June: 10h00 – 21h00
• 19 June: 14h00 – 21h00