Logos Book Fair  opens to public


By Maheesha Mudugamuwa and Dilanthi Jayamanne

Finishing its Asia tour and marking its last tour of Colombo for the next eight years, MV Logos Hope, the world’s largest floating book fair was yesterday officially opened to the public at the Colombo Port under the patronage of Ports Authority Chairman Dhammika Ranatunga and Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Shipping L.P Jayampathi.

Addressing the opening ceremony on-board the ship, Logos Hope, its Managing Director Seelan Govender said was a pleasure to come back to Sri Lanka to renew long lasting relationships.

He said: "Logos Hope is not just a ship with many books and not just a ship with different nationalities sailing around the world. It really is a vision to make a difference to the world today and that is to bring knowledge, help and hope to the people of the world. We realise in travelling around the world that acquiring knowledge is one of the foundation to bring people out of poverty and to development. It presents many opportunities to success in life."

Logos Hope Master Captain James Dyer said, "This is our last visit to South East Asia. So as we leave South East Asia with the special feeling for Colombo, Sri Lanka."

A Sri Lankan crew member, Logos Hope’s Personnel Administrator Tasha Gunathilake told The Island that the experience that the crew members had on the ship gave them a heart willing to work anywhere.

"I studied at Methodist College, Colombo and soon after I finished school I joined the ship. When the ship came to Sri Lanka several times before I’ve been on-board and I joined as a volunteer. I have been working at the office from 1995. Usually when people joined the ship they are not given a job. You come as a volunteer willing to work anywhere in the ship mainly the book fair and after that they kept adding on things," she added.

On board book fair offers an expanded selection of over 5,000 different titles at affordable prices. They cover a range of subjects including science, sports, hobbies, cookery, arts, medicine, languages and philosophy. With children’s titles, academic texts, dictionaries, atlases and more, the book fair is something the whole family can enjoy. Additionally, the rest of the visitors experience deck is also open for the public to explore. From the welcome area, which introduces the vessel through a short movie and interactive displays to the International Cafe, which has ice cream, drinks and snacks for sale, there is sure to be something for everyone.

MV Logos Hope is operated by GBA Ships and international charitable organisation registered in Germany. Since 1970, the organization has welcomed over 44 million visitors up the gangways in over 150 countries and territories around the world.

The book fair will be open to Sri Lankans till Nov. 09 from 1.00 pm to 7.00 pm from Sunday to Tuesday and from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm from Wednesday to Saturday. Tickets are priced at Rs. 100 each. Senior citizens above 65 years and children under 12 years can enter free of charge. Those under 12 must be accompanied by adults.

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