Logos Hope Brings International Crew

Logos Hope, the world’s largest floating book fair, will soon bring its international crew with their life changing stories to, Durban, the first stop in South Africa.

“My outlook on life changed and it is a transforming experience till now,” said Seelan Govender from Durban, the Managing Director of Logos Hope. He has been serving with GBA Ships for over 15 years in multiple leadership roles along with his wife Carlien and two children.

Seelan started his journey with GBA Ships in Maputo. He met a team from Doulos, the sister ship, while he was working in a local organization in Mozambique. The way the team served impacted his life and planted a desire for him to join the ship.

His first voyage was with Doulos in 1999.

From working in the book fair, advance preparation team, to leadership onboard, he enjoys the international team and seeing the transformation in people’s lives around the world. “I found it fascinating to live in a community that is passionate about making a difference,” Seelan is excited to see the ship visit his home town. “South Africans have a story to tell and they will find a willing international community to listen and hear in our book fair.”

Seelan is one of the ship’s 400 volunteers who have come from over 60 nationalities, leaving behind families, jobs, and homes. The crew offers a unique example of unity in cultural diversity. Some come with qualifications to fill specific roles such as engineering officers, plumbers, carpenters, bookkeepers, cooks, and other professionals; many young people, come with no qualifications except a willingness to serve. Although they have different backgrounds, the crewmembers agree on a common goal: serving people through social service projects and good literature.

MV Logos Hope is operated by GBA Ships e.V., an international, charitable organisation registered in Germany. Since 1970, the organisation has welcomed over 45 million visitors up the gangways in over 150 countries and territories around the world.

MV Logos Hope will open to the public at N-Shed Passenger Terminal Berth, Durban Port, from 17th March 2016 – 3rd April 2016. Opening hours are as follows: Wed – Sat: 10am – 9:30pm; Sun, Mon, Tue: 2pm – 9:30pm;  (exception: 17th & 25th March opens from 2pm) There is an entrance fee of R5 per person; children under 12 years old enter for free, but must be accompanied by an adult.