About OM Ships:
GBA Ships operates Logos Hope. Serving others with ocean-going ships began in 1970 with the purchase of the original Logos. Since then the ships (Logos, Doulos, Logos II and now Logos Hope) have visited 500 different ports in 151 countries and territories and welcomed over 43 million visitors on board. Our goal is to bring knowledge, help and hope to the people of the world.
The ship visits each port of call for one to four weeks at a time and open the gangways to hundreds and often thousands of visitors every day. On average, over one million visitors have been welcomed on board every year! The floating book fair offers over 5,000 titles, providing many visitors their first-ever opportunity to purchase a wide range of quality literature.
An international crew and staff of volunteers live and work on the ship. Teams from the ship go into surrounding areas to supply aid and community care. In each port, the ship's crew partners with local community groups to bring hope and show love to people whatever their circumstance, culture or background.
About the Logos Hope:
Twice as big as any previous GBA ship, Logos Hope provides a wider range of possibilities for visitors and guests as well as better facilities for crew and staff. The newly created Logos Hope Experience (converted from the original ferry's car area into two separate decks) can hold up to 800 visitors at any time, with capacity to host an additional 700 in the Logos Lounge and Hope Theatre combined. Almost 500 crew and guests can be accommodated in the ship's 200 cabins. The ship also has enhanced facilities and spaces for catering, health services and schooling.
The Logos Hope Community
With around 45 different nationalities represented on board, the Logos Hope community is regarded as a genuine expression of international goodwill and understanding. The crew and staff are all non-salaried volunteers—including many serving in their professional capacity, such as seafarers, engineers, electricians, nurses, teachers and cooks. Sponsorship from friends, family members and civic organisations enables crewmembers to serve on board.
The age of those on board ranges from retirees to children of families serving on board. Most of the crewmembers are in their 20’s or 30’s. From the captain to the newest staff member, each person has a job that is essential to keeping the ship running. Most people serve for two years.
Although the main aim of the ship is to serve people in the port communities, those on board also benefit personally during their term of service. A structured training programme, combined with work experience and cross-cultural encounters, provides crewmembers with valuable opportunities to learn new skills and develop character.
The unique living situation presents many challenges, and life on board is a constant exercise in adjusting, adapting and learning to appreciate the differences of others. Visitors often express surprise that people from so many different cultures can live and work together peacefully in such a small space. Crewmembers are unified by their faith in God and vision to bring knowledge, help and hope to the port communities they serve around the world.