A different kind of ship

Friday, 02 December 2016   ::   Spain

hopd20625Crewmembers were amazed by the breathtaking beauty of Tenerife as Logos Hope sailed into her second Spanish port in the Canary Islands.

“I love the way the mountains come down to the sea,” said Captain Chris Hughes (UK) to the guests who gathered to officially open the ship’s visit to the island. “It reminds me of the lyrics to a song, which say, ‘Over the mountains and the sea, your river runs with love for me.’ We hope that many people will experience the love that song talks about, through our time in this city.”

Director Seelan Govender (South Africa) also spoke of the island’s beauty and commented on the number of sightseeing ships the Tenerife harbour welcomes every day. “But Logos Hope is more than just a ship,” said Mr Govender. “It carries a vision to make a difference in the lives of people we meet around the world.”

The guest of honour at the event, Counsellor Cristina Valido, from the government of Tenerife, agreed with Mr Govender’s comment about Logos Hope being ‘more than just a ship.’ “As I came aboard I could tell right away that we were in a boat that is different,” said Ms Valido. She warmly welcomed the ship to the island and told the audience she plans to do her best to ensure that the people of Tenerife are able to get the most out of Logos Hope’s visit. “In this world of distress and turmoil, we need a lot more ships like Logos Hope,” said Ms Valido. “We need more people like you who give of themselves for the benefit of other people.”

Ms Valido spoke of her interest in Logos Hope’s work, and joked, “I have a great expectation that next time the ship arrives, I will be out on the quayside with my suitcases packed, ready to join you in bringing knowledge to the world!”