Saturday, 30 November 2013

PIE IN THE SKY OR A DREAMBOAT

The incredible mile-long floating CITY - complete with schools, a hospital, parks and an airport for its 50,000 residents

  • The Freedom Ship is 25 storeys high and would feature a casino, an art gallery, a park and a shopping centre
  • The concept, designed by a Florida-based company would cost $10billion if was commissioned to be built
  • The vessel could house 50,000 people but it would contain additional space to hold an extra 30,000 visitors
  • The ship would constantly sail around the world - doing a full circuit every two years - but would be too large to enter any ports

Seasick sufferers look away now. A Florida-based firm has designed a floating city called Freedom Ship that would spend its entire time at sea.
The vessel is a mile long, 25-storeys-high and has enough room for 50,000 permanent residents.
It features schools, hospitals, art galleries, shops, parks, an aquarium, casino and even an art gallery as well as an airport on the roof and a docking bay at the rear. 



Designed by the Florida-based Freedom Ship International (FSI), the floating city is set to cost $10 billion and weigh 2.7 million tonnes - making it too large to ever dock.
Designed by the Florida-based Freedom Ship International, the floating city, concept pictured, is set to cost $10 billion and weigh 2.7 million tonnes - making it too large to ever dock. The ship would spend the whole time at sea, circling the globe once every two years, powered by solar and wave energy

THE FREEDOM SHIP IN NUMBERS

Width: 750ft
Length: 4,500ft
Height: 350ft
Weight: 2.7 million tones
Capacity: 50,000 permanent residents with room for an extra 30,000 daily visitors, 20,000 crew and 10,000 overnight guests.
Cost: $10 billion
Buildings: Accommodation, schools, hospitals, businesses, parks, promenades, an art gallery, a shopping centre, casino and airport
The designs also include a shopping centre covering 1.7 million square foot.
Designed by Freedom Ship International (FSI), the vessel is set to cost $10 billion and would weigh 2.7 million tonnes - meaning it would be too big to ever enter a port.

This means the ocean community would spend the whole time at sea, circling the globe twice a year.
During this time, FSI claim the ship would spend 70 per cent off the shore of major cities and 30 per cent moving between countries.
The route would take the ship from the east coast of the U.S across the Atlantic Ocean into Europe, passing Italy before looping back and sailing around Africa, across to Australia, heading north into Asia before spending the end of the year on the west coast of America and into South America.  
In addition to the permanent residents, the Freedom Ship would also have room for an extra 30,000 daily visitors, 20,000 crew and 10,000 overnight guests.


Visitors and residents would be able to leave the ship, either by plane or by boat thanks to a dock at the rear, concept pictured,
Visitors and residents would be able to leave the ship, either by plane or by boat thanks to a dock at the rear, concept pictured, to visit cities and countries where the ship will also pick up supplies as and when needed
The Freedom Ship, concept pictured, is a mile long, 25 storeys high
The Freedom Ship, concept pictured, is a mile long, 25 storeys high and features schools, hospitals, businesses, parks, promenades, an art gallery, a shopping centre, casino and airport on the roof


The ship would spend the whole time at sea, circling the globe twice a year.
The planned route, pictured, would take the ship from the east coast of the U.S across the Atlantic into Europe, passing Italy before looping back and sailing around Africa and across to Australia. It would then travel into Asia before spending the end of the year on the west coast of the U.S and South America



The airport, on the ship’s top deck, would serve private and small commercial aircraft carrying up to 40 passengers each.
The whole ship will be 750ft wide, 350ft tall and 4,500 ft long - four times longer than the Queen Mary II cruise ship.
Roger M Gooch, director and vice-president of Freedom Ship International said: ‘The Freedom Ship will be the largest vessel ever built, and the first ever floating city.
‘This will be a very heavily capitalised project and the global economy in the last few years hasn't been too inviting for unproven progressive projects like ours.

 
In addition to 50,000 permanent residents, the Freedom Ship would also have room for an extra 30,000 daily visitors, 20,000 crew and 10,000 overnight guests
In addition to 50,000 permanent residents, the Freedom Ship would also have room for an extra 30,000 daily visitors, 20,000 crew and 10,000 overnight guests
The airport, on the ship's top deck, pictured, would serve private and small commercial aircraft carrying up to 40 passengers each.
The airport, on the ship's top deck, pictured, would serve private and small commercial aircraft carrying up to 40 passengers each. It could also be used to fly supplies to the ship. Aircraft could land and takeoff even when the ship is moving

This drawing shows a cross section of the ship.
This drawing shows a cross section of the ship. If built, the whole vessel would be 750ft wide, 350ft tall and 4,500 ft long. This would make it four times longer than the Queen Mary II cruise ship



‘Happily, though it has experienced a hiatus, the Freedom Ship now looks as if it is a live project again.
‘In the last six months we're getting more interest in the project and we are hopeful we will raise the $1 billion to begin construction.’
Power for the vessel would come from various sources including wave and solar power and on-board generators.
Visitors will be able to leave the ship, either by plane or boat, to visit cities and countries where the ship will also pick up supplies as and when needed.




The vessel, concept pictured, is just an idea at the moment until the Florida-based designers can raise at least $1 billion to start construction.
The vessel, concept pictured, is just an idea at the moment until the Florida-based designers can raise at least $1 billion to start construction. The company said following a hiatus, and a drop in the global economy, it has started receiving interest in the ship again and hopes to raise this funding soon

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