Ships as Floating Sources of Knowledge, Help and Hope

by OldSailor on June 12, 2008

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For the past 38 years, GBA Ships are serving the international community as floating sources of Knowledge, Help and Hope.

Some of the interesting features of GBA Ships are:

  • The present fleet of ships: MV Doulos, MV Logos II and MV Logos Hope. The ships are owned by OM Ships International and are operated by GBA Ships.
  • These ships promote international understanding and world-wide education through
    • cultural exchange programmes
    • community service initiatives
    • floating book fair
  • Ships have visited ports in over 140 countries in the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.
  • More than 30 million people have visited these ships.
  • Ships are manned by a multinational crew and staff of 600 volunteers with their faith and commitment to serve the nations.
  • Port visit costs, vessel expenses, personnel needs and administrative costs of the ships are met through income received as donations or sales on board.

MV Doulos

MV Doulos was constructed in 1914 (94 years old) in USA and is recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest active ocean-going passenger ship.

Here are some photographs of MV Doulos.

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Some of the interesting features of MV Doulos are:

  • Doulos is operated by Gute Bücher für Alle e.V. (Good Books for All) – a charitable trust, registered in Germany. The ship is registered in Valetta, Malta.
  • During her lifetime, she has twice been extensively renovated and upgraded, and undergone two engine replacements.
  • Doulos has visited more than 100 countries in including Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and many island nations.
  • Doulos has received over 20 million visitors during her stops in over 500 ports of call.
  • Doulos has sailed in the past under three more distinct names: Medina, Roma, Franca C.
  • Doulos present position can be found out through Live Tracker here.
  • You can take a virtual tour of Doulos from here.
  • You can view more photographs of Doulos from here.
  • Technical data of Doulos are here.

MV Logos II

MV Logos II (40 years old) was constructed in 1968 in Spain. Here are some photographs of MV Logos II.

mv_logosII_1The crew of Logos II a day before dearture to the Netherlands and then the Caribbean.

Some of the interesting features of MV Logos II are:

  • Logos II was purchased in 1989 and is operated by GBA Ships e.V. (formerly known as Good Books for All), a charitable organisation registered in Germany.
  • More than 10 million visitors participated in ship’s tours, programmes and visits to the floating bookshop.
  • Logos II has made 338 ports of call and visited 82 countries, including Africa, the Americas, Europe, the Near East and many island nations.
  • Logos II has book fair space area of 500 sq metres and book storage space of 941 cubic metres.
  • You can take a tour of Logos II from here.
  • More photographs of Logos II are available here.
  • Technical data of Logos II are here.

MV Logos Hope

MV Logos II (35 years old) was constructed in 1973 in Germany.

Here are some photographs of MV Logos Hope.

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Some of the interesting features of MV Logos Hope are:

  • Logos Hope was purchased in 2004 and is operated by GBA Ships e.V. (formerly known as Good Books for All), a charitable organisation registered in Germany.
  • Logos Hope is three times the size of Logos II and is undergoing extensive renovation to replace Logos II.
  • Logos Hope has book fair space area of 780 sq metres and book storage space of 1,100 cubic metres.
  • More photographs of Logos Hope are here .

Video clips of all three ships are available here.

Here is an interesting video clip of MV Doulos, Floating Book Fair at Singapore.

Here are some previous posts on ships being used for different purposes:

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