Logos Hope Modernized So It Can Burn Obsolete Fuel

By Edward Lundquist at February 24, 2011 09:04
Filed Under: General

M/V Logos Hope, a former car ferry now operated by German charitable organization GBA Ships, is visiting ports around the world to carry out a faith-based humanitarian and educational mission.

While many older vessels are being upgraded to burn cleaner fuel, Logos Hope is undergoing a conversion that will allow it to do just the opposite, according to GBA Ships’ Jon Crowe.

“We have a ship that runs exclusively on more-refined—and therefore more expensive—MGO diesel fuel,” he said.  “We’re installing a new system to give us the flexibility of burning either MGO diesel or IFO-180 when it’s available.”

“I know it seems counter-intuitive in these days of ‘cleaner is better,’ but driven by the cost savings Jon mentioned - $1400 per day - it is nothing to sneeze at.  It will be more and more difficult around Europe and the US to run IFO, but there are still many places we will go that do allow it,” says Capt. Pat Tracy, a retired U.S. Navy officer and relief master for Logos Hope.

The  normal fuel requirement is approximately 4 metric tons in port and 16 metric tons when sailing, depending upon the speed, says Crowe.

Many of the ports visited do not have extensive infrastructure, Tracy says, so  “we’ll be generating our own electricity and waste heat 24/7/365.”

The ship is powered by four Stork – Werkspoor 6TM 410 RR diesels.

Crowe says Logos Hope will also receive new diesels for the generators.   “The new ones we plan to install can also run on IFO-180 – something the old ones cannot do.”

The Logos Hope crew and staff are all non-salaried volunteers—including many serving in their professional capacity, such as seafarers, engineers, electricians, nurses, teachers and cooks.  Sponsorship from friends, family members and civic organizations enables crewmembers to serve on board. Most people serve for two years , and .

The age of those on board ranges from retirees to children of families serving on board.

The 12,519 ton Logos Hope is registered in the Faroe Islands.  The 132.50 m ship was built in 1973 at Rendsburg, Germany, and operated as Gustav Vasa, running between Malmö, Sweden, and Travemünde Germany for 10 years and then as Norröna, sailing from Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroes, to Lerwick (Shetland Islands), Bergen (Norway), Hanstholm (Denmark) and Seyðisfjörður (Iceland).  As a car ferry it could carry 300 automobiles and 44 trucks.

The GBA Ships mission is to “bring knowledge, help and hope to the people  of the world. An international crew and staff of over 400 volunteers live and work on Logos Hope and they partner with local community groups to bring hope and show love to people whatever their circumstance, culture or background.”

The ship visits each port for several weeks each and opens the gangways to hundreds and sometimes thousands of visitors each day who come aboard for the opportunity to browse over 5,000 titles available in the onboard book fair, a hallmark of this unique ship. In many countries there is little access to quality literature at affordable prices and so on average over the past 40 years of this organization’s operation, over one million visitors have been welcomed on board every year! At the same time, teams from the ship go out into the local community to provide practical help in the form of building projects, medical and dental clinics, donations of health and school supplies and more.

GBA Ships is currently operating one ship, Logos Hope, having sold Doulos in March of last year.  Doulos was built in 1914, and served GBA Ships for 24 years.

Constructed in 1914, she was recognised in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest active ocean-going passenger ship.

Technical Specifications

Call Sign    OZ2000
Port of Registry    Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Type     Passenger
Built    1973, Rendsburg, Germany
Classification    Lloyd’s Register of Shipping (LR)
(Reg. No. 7302914)
Tonnage    12,519 GRT
1269 NRT
1533 DWT
6400 LDT

Persons    492
Cargo (Books)    1100 m³
Dry Provisions    m³
Cold Provisions    m³
Diesel Oil    139 m³
Lube Oil    120 m³
Fresh Water    308 m³

Length    132.50 m
Breadth    21.06 m
Design Draught    5.22 m

Main Propulsion Engine     4 X SWD 6TM 410 RR
In-line 6 cyl. 4-stroke
11768kW (16000bhp) total
Intermediate Fuel IF80
Clutched to two shafts
Two KaMeWa 102 5/4
Pitch = 3540
Electrical Plant    440 V 60 Hz
2 Sets Stork-Werkspoor
9 FBHD 240 1165bhp engine
w/Siemens 1000kVA Generator
1 Set Bergen
KRG-8 1475kW engine
w/ ABB 1750 kVA Generator
Air Compressors    2 Sauer WP 100L-100
30 bar
Steering     Svendborg
Refrigeration    Stal Astra & Bitzer
R-134a Direct Expansion
Air Conditioning    IMTEC (Rudolf Mayer)
Carrier screw-type compressors
R-404a Chilled Water
Deck Machinery     Siemens Windlass
1PB1 253-1 QX41
Siemens Mooring Winches
2 Palfinger Cranes


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