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Floating book fair in Malaysian

Over 18 million people have boarded the ship and visited the floating book fair.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2006 22:09 IST

Malaysians will have a chance to visit the world's largest floating book fair on board the oldest active ocean-going passenger ship in the world, MV Doulos, in Port Klang (Malaysia) until August 1.

Malaysian minister at the Prime Minister's Department Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili on Friday officiated the floating book fair, which is on its trip to ports around the world.

The MV Doulos, which has been sailing around the globe for 90 years, docked Port Klang (Malaysia) on June 28 and will leave Port Klang on Aug 1.

Over 18 million visitors have boarded the ship for tours, programmes and visits to the floating book fair.

The ship's captain, Ashley Mcdonald in his welcoming remarks at the launching, said with stops in over 500 ports of call, the unique ship had visited more than 100 countries including Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and many island nations.

The ship has more than 300 crewmembers comprising 45 nationalities who live and work onboard the ship as engineers, seamen, carpenters, welders, and electricians or as doctors, while others are participating in training programmes on the ship.

Doulos carries a stock of half a million books with at least 6,000 titles on subjects ranging from science, sports, cookery, arts, economics, medicine and philosophy catering to the interests of all ages.