Various events will be held throughout its stop in the Pearl of the Andaman as a means to assist developing countries worldwide through its proceeds, despite differences in background and culture.
Phuket governor Maitree Inthusut on Thursday launched the "Logos Hope: World's Largest Floating Library" event around the Ao Makham beach in the provincial seat, accompanied by Tom Dyer, ship's captain, and director-general Lloyd Nicholas, and some of the Logos Hope's 400 volunteers, from 45 countries.
Claiming that the event will benefit locals and tourists alike, the governor encouraged those interested to visit the exhibition showcasing "the do's and don'ts" of different countries and cultures as a means of living together in harmony. Food and drinks are also welcome on arrival on the ship, which has more than 5,000 books to explore.
Alongside the wonderful opportunity for Phuket to host this event, governor Maitree claimed it would be useful for local residents to engage with and learn from the wonders that the world's largest floating library has to offer. As the ship accommodates up to 400 volunteers from all parts of the world, it is a great example of a multi-cultural environment that has enabled youth from all backgrounds to learn from one another. Ranging from the kitchen department and the engineering department to the ships' technical crew, the Logos Hope boasts a truly international vibe.
Operated by GBA Ships e.V., an international charitable organisation registered in Germany, the organisation has welcomed over 42 million visitors up the gangways of the ship in more than 150 countries and territories around the world.
The ship will be closed to visitors on Monday and Tuesday, but will reopen from 10am to 9.30pm on Wednesday and Thursday. Tickets to board the vessel cost 20 baht, but children under age 12 may board free of charge, but must be accompanied by an adult.