Peace Boat docks in Cape Town
Jan 10, 2003
Peace Boat arrives in Cape Town
The Japanese Peace Boat Olivia arrived in Cape Town yesterday (Thursday, 9 January 2003) for a short stopover. This is the passenger vesselís fifth visit to Cape Town.
Olivia is operated by a Japanese-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) that seeks to promote peace and human rights around the world. The ship normally carries about 600 peace-workers on board, although on one occasion last year off Eritrea in the Red Sea the ship had over 900 people including 560 Japanese on board protesting against US air attacks on Afghanistan.
The Cape Town visit is expected to end with a one-evening Peace Festival involving performances by children from Cape Town and surrounding districts.
The Peace Boat initiative was established in Japan as a NGO to act as a global network aimed at supporting peace and human rights initiatives and has been in operation since 1983, during which time more than 15,000 people have been carried on Peace Cruises.
Olivia (ex Kareliya) is under charter from a Ukraine company. The ship which was built in 1976 has a length of 157m, a beam of 22m and a draught of 6.2m and is capable of 22 knots. The gross tonnage is 15,065t.