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History and heritage

The original Logos 1970: OM's first ship was called Logos, meaning 'the Word' in Greek. The vessel sailed on her maiden voyage to India in 1971. People flocked to the ship, hungry for the literature and good news Logos carried. OM leaders began looking for another ship to develop the increasing opportunities.

Doulos1977: OM Ships International purchased a second ship and called her Doulos (another Greek word, meaning 'bond-servant') with the vision that the vessel and those on board would be a servant to the nations. Doulos is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest active ocean-going passenger ship.

Logos runs aground.1988: Logos ended her service in January 1988 after running aground in a storm off the Argentinian coast. Despite atrocious weather conditions, not a single life was lost - a tribute to high safety standards, weekly lifeboat drills and God's protection. During 17 years of service, Logos sailed 231,250 nautical miles, visiting 257 ports in 103 different countries and territories.

Logos II1989: Within a year of the tragic accident, Logos was replaced with a passenger car ferry, renamed Logos II. After changing ownership in 1989, her car decks were rebuilt and she was converted into a service vessel of a different kind.

Logos Hope as purchased 2004: Opportunities for ministry began to overstretch the ships' capacity. In 2002, a record number of 800,000 visitors climbed Logos II's gangways, and in 2003 more than 1,400,000 visitors came on board the two ships! In April 2004, OM Ships purchased a 12,000-ton ocean-going ferry and renamed the vessel Logos Hope.

Logos Hope begins service 2009: After several years of work by hundreds of volunteers from all around the globe, Logos Hope launched into active service in February 2009 from Koege, Denmark.

Opportunities have far exceeded the initial vision, and millions of lives all around the globe have been impacted. After three exciting decades of ministry, we continue to be passionate about who we are and what we do.

Numbers that tell a story

We have a proven track record backed by four decades of experience. If numbers are anything to go by...

  • We have welcomed over 47 million people on board since 1970
  • Over 150 countries and territories have welcomed the ships,
    from Jamaica to Jordan, Malaysia to Mozambique, Vietnam to Venezuela
  • In total, the ships have made more than 1,400 ports of call
  • 70 million scripture portions have been distributed
  • Over 6 million have attended conferences and other events on board
  • More than 11 million children have visited the ships and many left with the children's booklet 'The Most Important Story Ever Told' in their own language
  • Around 10,000 young people have been trained on board for future life and service
  • Partnership with over 60,000 churches worldwide
  • More than 40,000 local participants enrolled in our port volunteers programme
  • Hundreds of tonnes of books have been donated
  • Tens of thousands have come to faith in God

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