Floating book fair sails to Durban

DURBAN, 22 March 2016 - The world’s biggest floating book fair has reached Durban’s shores. The Logos Hope, which travels the world packed with volunteers from more than 50 nations, will be docked at the Durban Harbour for the next month and a half. Video: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - The world’s biggest floating book fair has reached Durban’s shores.

The Logos Hope, which travels the world packed with volunteers from more than 50 nations, will be docked at the Durban harbour for the next month and a half.

Book lovers will be able to browse through thousands of novels for a fraction of the cost.

More than 5,000 books fill these shelves.

The Logos Hope aims to get more people reading.

“From here we're going on to dry dock here in Durban. We have about a month over at one of those shipyards where we will bring this ship out of the water, clean the bottom, do some painting, check certificates, make sure the ship doesn't sink and then we'll carry on...” said Logos Hope captain, Tom Dyer.

It’s the fourth vessel commissioned by German charitable organisation, GBA ships since 1970.

In its first three years, the Logos Hope sailed over 43,000 nautical miles and opened its gangways to 2,5-million passengers at 63 ports across the world.

The ship's 400 crew members are dedicated to supporting local communities through outreach programmes.

Local officials have welcomed the crew.

Durban is the furthest south that the Logos Hope has ever ventured and bookworms across South Africa need not worry about being left out.

The vessel will head to Richards Bay in May before sailing to East London, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

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