The world is full of book lovers and a great way to raise money for the people in need, is by holding charity events in a bookstore or a library. But how amazing would it be if this event happened on water and not on land? MV Logos ship is the largest floating bookstore-library. It is a ship that operates as a library and floats for charity purposes.
The ship had been initially launched as ‘Gustav Vasa’, a ferry car service in 1973. It used to do rounds only between Malmo, Sweden and Travemunde, Germany; the route started also including Denmark after some time. It was then sold to Smyril Line and was then called ‘Norrona’. Presently the ship is owned by a German shipping company called GBA Ships e.V., who had bought the ship in 2004 and renamed it as ‘Logos Hope’. After all the renovations, it was made into a full-fledged floating bookstore by 2009.
The ship is a home to over 6000 books that can be purchased by people and the capacity of the ship to carry books is 1100 cubic meters. It has been to over 158 countries around the world and has benefited millions of people. As it is a bookstore, the charity events cater to the people who are in need of education.
The same shipping company also has three other shipping libraries The MV Doulos, The Logos II and The Logos. The ship has broken many geographical bounds for these books that are so high in number and cater to different cultures. The crew of the ship is a reflection of the wide range of books, as the 400 members on duty hail from 45 countries across the world that signifies global cultures.