Thursday 9 April, 2020

Logos Hope expected to welcome 5,000 visitors daily in Kingston

(From second left) Acting Education Minister Karl Samuda; David Wright, Local Economic Development Officer at the KSAMC; Dr Patricia Dunwell, Custos of St Andrew; and Steadman Fuller, Custos of Kingston, show off one of the book offerings on the Logos Hope. Sharing in the occasion are Pil-Hun Park (right), Managing Director, Logos Hope; and Ship Captain James Berry (third right).

(From second left) Acting Education Minister Karl Samuda; David Wright, Local Economic Development Officer at the KSAMC; Dr Patricia Dunwell, Custos of St Andrew; and Steadman Fuller, Custos of Kingston, show off one of the book offerings on the Logos Hope. Sharing in the occasion are Pil-Hun Park (right), Managing Director, Logos Hope; and Ship Captain James Berry (third right).

The world’s largest floating book fair, the Logos Hope is now docked in Kingston and is expected to welcome approximately 5,000 persons per day on board to view and purchase from its large assortment of books.

Dozens of guests including many from the local church community boarded the vessel at the Caribbean Cement Company’s pier at Rockfort for a reception on Thursday, February 27. The book ship, which is visiting Jamaica for the third time, is manned by 400 volunteers from over 60 countries and was docked in Montego Bay for the previous two weeks.

The Logos Hope is operated by GBA Ships eV, a non-profit organisation out of Germany. It last visited the island in 2017 when a total of over 160,000 visitors went on board the ship at both Jamaican ports.

At top, Acting Education Minister Karl Samuda cuts the ribbon to officially signal the opening of the Logos Hope floating book fair in Kingston. At bottom, a view of the exterior of the Logos Hope.

MV Logos Hope is the fourth ship operated since 1970 by GBA Ships eV. The organisation has welcomed over 48 million visitors aboard in over 150 countries and territories around the world, making 1,500 port visits to share knowledge, help and hope.

According to information provided by Logos Hope, publishers around the world are generous in supplying a range of unsold books which allows the book ship to offer its stock to people in less well-off countries at a fraction of the original price. The categories in the selection of more than 5,000 titles include science, medicine, dictionaries, languages, sports, hobbies, cookery, the arts, novels, children’s books and religious books including Bibles. Loop News saw an attractive Bible being sold for J$1,800.

David Wright, Local Economic Development Officer at the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation disclosed that the KSAMC would be purchasing books from the ship for some of the children’s homes in Kingston

Karl Samuda, Minister with Responsibility for Education, representing the prime minister, said in his comments that the visit of the ship would give Jamaican youngsters an appreciation of the importance of learning to read. He said learning to read would give Jamaican children hope for the rest of their lives.

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