God spoke to Noah, “Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you…” (Genesis 9:14-15)
A rainbow in the clouds appeared over OM’s ship Doulos in the Singapore shipyard and was caught on film by the ship’s photographer. What a dramatic and dynamic reminder of God’s everlasting covenant with us. I serve as a volunteer with OM Ships in their Florence, SC office and if you are not aware of the recent news about Doulos, the world’s oldest (95 years old) passenger ship, here is an article about it from the OM Ships website, www.omships.org.
Sudden end for Doulos
20 Nov, 2009 :: Singapore, Singapore
Doulos personnel and partners around the world are coming to terms with the news that the ship’s service will end on 31st December 2009. Until this week, the crew had hoped the world’s oldest ocean-going passenger ship could continue sailing until September 2010. But surveys by marine safety authorities confirmed major repairs are required to keep Doulos in service. Early estimates indicated this work would cost over €10 million.
The organization’s executive leadership team and board believe that it is not appropriate to invest resources on this scale into the vessel, since Doulos would have a limited future.
“This is not what any of us wanted and has serious consequences for everyone on board and the ports we planned to visit,” said CEO Peter Nicoll. Each person on Doulos will receive support and guidance as they consider their future steps.
“We recognize God’s faithfulness through 32 years of wonderful service with more than 600 port visits in over 100 countries,” Peter Nicoll said. “We are deeply grateful to our partners around the world who have supported the ship through the years.”