Logos Hope was purchased in 2004. The ship's gross tonnage is three times that of Logos II, the ship it replaces. The extra space gives visitors the opportunity to choose from a wider range of activities and will allow for more crewmembers to serve on board. Logos Hope is OM Ships International's largest ship.
After going through a complete renovation to transform her from a ferry into the ship she is today, Logos Hope launched into active service in February 2009.
The ship is operated on behalf of OM Ships International by GBA Ships e.V., a private, non-profit, charitable organisation registered in Germany.
|Books Purchased On Board||9,713,329|
|Nautical Miles Sailed||120,319|
|Total Ports of Call||181|
|Countries and Territories Visited||74|
|Different Ports Visited||133|
Last Updated on 8 February, 2020
|Port of Registry||Valletta, Malta|
|Built||1973, Rendsburg, Germany|
REGISTRO ITALIANO NAVALE (RINA)
Load Line marking – RI
(Reg. No. 95050)
|Cargo (Books)||1100 m³|
|Lube Oil||120 m³|
|Fresh Water||308 m³|
|Design Draught||5.22 m|
|Main Propulsion Engine||
4 X SWD 6TM 410 RR
440 V 60 Hz
1 Set Bergen
2 Sauer WP 100L-100
Stal Astra & Bitzer
R-134a Direct Expansion
IMTEC (Rudolf Mayer)
Carrier screw-type compressors
R-404a Chilled Water
1PB1 253-1 QX41
Siemens Mooring Winches
2 Palfinger Cranes
Logos Hope started life in Rendsburg, in the north of Germany, in 1973 as the car ferry Gustav Vasa with the company Lion Ferry AB. Maintaining the same route between Malmö (Sweden) and Travemünde (Germany) for 10 years, she was chartered out to many companies. Her route was later extended to include Rønne (Denmark) and Trelleborg (Sweden).
In April 1983 she was sold to the Faroese ferry company Smyril Line, and renamed Norröna. Sailing from Torshavn, the Faroese capital, to Lerwick (Shetland Islands), Bergen (Norway), Hantsholm (Denmark) and Seyðisfjörður (Iceland) each summer, she was often chartered in the winter to cover other operators' overhaul schedules. When Smyril Line delivered a new Norröna in 2003, the old vessel became Norröna I, and was put up for sale. Following inspections, GBA Ships purchased her in March 2004.
After a further period of planning and fundraising, extensive renovations began in earnest in the Brodotrogir Shipyard in Trogir, Croatia in June 2005. A new deck was inserted into the double height vehicle deck to create space for what is now the Visitor Experience. An additional deck was added towards the aft to accommodate the school for children of families serving on board. A new galley was installed, and the bridge completely refurbished. Machinery in the engine room was overhauled. Accommodation sections and community spaces were rebuilt, and air-conditioning, sprinkler and electrical systems were renewed.
In November 2007 the ship left Croatia bound for Kiel, Germany, for an initial period of outfitting. On arrival crew and equipment were transferred from Logos II, the ship she would replace, and outfitting work took on new momentum with increased numbers on board and many volunteer project workers from North Germany and around the world coming to help.
The ship departed from Kiel in May 2008 heading for dry dock in Landskrona, Sweden, where a larger, more efficient generator was brought into the engine room through the side of the ship. Thereafter, Logos Hope was berthed in Køge, Denmark, for final outfitting. As well as completion of the accommodation areas and community spaces, work continued on the areas intended for the public, including the Logos Lounge conference room and the visitor experience deck. A massive combined effort saw all the surveys completed and certificates in place, and Logos Hope launched into service in February 2009.
Gustav Vasa and Norröna I images courtesy with kind permission of www.simplonpc.co.uk
Click the buttons on the following graphic to see 360° panoramic views of these various part of Logos Hope. The panoramas will open in a new page so, when you're done exploring, close the page to return to this one to see another part of the ship.