The world’s largest floating library MV Logos Hope has docked at the Port of Mombasa.
The Ship sailed through the Kilindini channel a few minutes past 9.00 am on Tuesday morning to dock at the Mbaraki wharf within the port.
On her maiden call, MV Logos comes to the East African Coast after an 18-year hiatus following a visit by a sister vessel- MV Dulos in 2005.
She will open her doors to members of the public to select books of their choice from a wide array of genres including science, sports, hobbies, language, faith, cookery arts and medicine for purchase.
For 45 days starting Thursday 24th August, members of the public will be treated to the fun of touring the expansive vessel to explore other amenities like the international café, visitors’ deck, and welcome area among others with an entrance fee of fifty shillings only (Ksh.50)
Sailing under the Malta flag, MV Logos Hope has a length overall of 132.5 meters, a width of 20.8, a draft of 5.2 meters and a carrying capacity of 12,519 Gross Tons.
Onboard the vessel, are 350 passengers of 65 different nationalities.
KPA Managing Director Captain William Ruto in a statement hailed the visit to the port of Mombasa by MV Logos Hope saying it denotes Kenya’s progress towards reclaiming her position as a cruise hub in the Indian Ocean cruise circuit.
KPA principal communication officer Haji Masemo told journalists that the successful docking of the vessel signifies the beginning of a high season for cruise tourism which begins in September and ends in March.
“This is a very important day for us as KPA because we have officially started our tourism season. However as you can see we have started early which is a good sign,” explained Masemo.
He said MV Logos Hope last port of call was Seychelles adding after 45 days in Mombasa it will then sail to Dar es Salaam Tanzania.
He said KPA is anticipating a series of cruise vessels in the next couple of months which will be berthing at the cruise terminal within the Port of Mombasa.
“After the prolonged dry spell during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hoping this will now be the revival of cruise tourism. We hope that more cruise vessels will come,” said Masemo.
By Hilton Mwabili
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