Ownership of the MV Doulos, listed as the world's oldest ocean-going passenger ship, was officially transferred today to Christian businessman Eric Saw, Director and Chief Executive of BizNaz Resources International Pte Ltd in Singapore.
This is by no means the first time that Eric Saw
has had contact with this unique vessel.
"My family and I have been on board the Doulos
on many occasions whenever she
visited Singapore," he
Following the signing of official paperwork, a handover event celebrating the ship's 32 years of service and giving thanks to God for His faithfulness took place on board the vessel at a shipyard in Jurong, hosted by the remaining crew including Captain Dirk Geuze, who recently joined the vessel during its extended time in Singapore, Harald Smit, Company Representative and Technical Manager, presently serving on board as Chief Engineer, the last Director of Doulos, Seelan Govender, as well as Mark Dimond, and attended by Eric Saw and a number of other invited guests.
On Friday 19 March, Eric Saw
will in turn host a thanksgiving dinner aboard his
Our hope from the beginning was that a way could be found for the ship to be preserved, and I am delighted that agreement has been reached with Eric
"Subject to approval by the various authorities, we would like to have themed restaurants and cafés, a bookshop and a banquet room for seminars, conferences and weddings," said Eric Saw
A change of name is also in Eric Saw's
Having felt clearly led to the Bible verse Isaiah 49:6, he
says, "Our plans are to rename her Doulos
Phos where she
will, in her
new role, be both a servant and a light."
also operates the Singapore based 'Stewords Riverboat' (www.riverboat.com.sg), a non-motorized Mississippi-styled riverboat moored at the city's Marina South Pier which is a venue for a wide variety of functions and events, including 'Breaking Bread', a café themed around Bible-inspired food and fellowship.
Director & Chief Executive Steward
BizNaz Resources International Pte Ltd