Freedom Ship – Community on the Sea
Envision an ideal place to live or run a business, a friendly, safe and secure community with large areas of open space and extensive entertainment and recreational facilities. Now what would this picture look like if this community was continually moving around the world?
Perhaps you can begin to understand the Freedom Ship concept – a massive ocean-going vessel. With a design length of 4,500 feet, a width of 750 feet, and a height of 350 feet, Freedom Ship would be more than 4 times longer than the Queen Mary.
The design concepts include a mobile modern city featuring luxurious living, an extensive duty-free international shopping mall, and a full 1.7 million square foot floor set aside for various companies to showcase their products.
Freedom Ship would not be a cruise ship, it is proposed to be a unique place to live, work, retire, vacation, or visit. The proposed voyage would continuously circle the globe every 2 – 3 years, covering most of the world’s coastal regions.
It will have a large fleet of commuter aircraft and hydrofoils that would ferry residents and visitors to and from shore. The airport on the ship’s top deck would serve private and small commercial aircraft (up to about 40 passengers each).
The proposed vessel’s superstructure, rising some twenty-five stories above its broad main deck, would house residential space, a library, schools, and a first-class hospital in addition to retail and wholesale shops, banks, hotels, restaurants, entertainment facilities, casinos, offices, warehouses, and light manufacturing and assembly enterprises. Naturally, this concept would include a wide array of recreational and athletic facilities, worthy of a world-class resort, making Freedom Ship a veritable “Community on the Sea.”
The commercial district aboard Freedom Ship will sustain a population of 100,000 people comprised of 40,000 residents, 20,000 full time crew, 30,000 daily visitors, and 10,000 overnight guests to the hotel and casino.
Freedom Ship International is committed to providing residents and other individuals with an environment capable of sustaining a vibrant commercial community. Your imagination is the limit when it comes to operating a business aboard. We desire to foster the entrepreneurial spirit within our residents and business owners and will strive to help them whenever possible. It is the people who own and visit the real estate aboard Freedom Ship that create a truly unique environment.
There will be a port authority located at the stern of the ship. The stability of the ship in rough seas combined with the size of the port authority will allow for a constant flow of people to embark and disembark the ship. The Freedom Ship will own and operate a fleet of Coast Guard approved Subchapter K ferries capable of carrying 350 passengers each and leaving the ship every 20 minutes.
Although space is limited, residents will also be able to dry-dock their own vessels aboard the ship as well. Although FSI has not finalized the design, it is feasible to have car ferries dock in the port authority and provide residents with the opportunity to lease space available in the hull of the ship for vehicle storage. Residents would be able to own their vehicles and drive them up onto a ferry and off onto land wherever they chose. Providing unparalleled opportunities to further travel and explore every region of the world.
There will even be an on-board subway system that will provide residents and visitors the ability to quickly reach any portion of the ship in a timely manner. It is important to note that visitors will not have access to residential districts aboard the ship.
A unique system of schools will provide a rigorous educational curriculum developed by blending the best attributes from other school systems around the world to create a truly unique and challenging classroom environment. While the actual curriculum is still being developed; History, geography, and the arts will be stressed along with foreign language; all students will be bilingual at graduation. The sciences along with mathematics and engineering will compose another major area of study. Finally, financial education will be stressed as each and every child is exposed on a daily basis to international commerce both aboard the ship and ashore. However, the time students spend in the classroom will be limited – emphasis being in more global learning and ‘world learning environment’.
The Real Classroom:
A portion of the education will happen outside of the classroom as daily field trips to see the world first hand will be the norm. In effect, students will board ferries instead of buses to visit their classroom…the world in its entire splendour! The ability to see and experience other people and their cultures first hand is what sets Freedom Ship’s school system apart from the rest.
Athletic facilities aboard the ship will facilitate organized sports for the school system. Basketball, tennis, track, swimming and diving, gymnastics, American football, soccer, hockey, and facilities for a variety of other sports from around the world will be an integral part of the school system. Students will compete against other schools aboard the ship and with other schools around the world. In effect, students will have their own World Cup for each sport as they travel ashore to compete against schools from around the world and, likewise, as those teams travel to Freedom Ship to play our students for home games as well.
Obviously the facilities will be the best the world could offer and incorporated into every aspect of classroom learning and opportunities for growth across every area. A boarding school for non-residents is also being considered. Universities are expected to have adjunct campuses aboard as well. The Freedom ShipI is dedicated to providing this educational environment to students at a lower cost to parents when compared to the average yearly cost in taxes to send a child to a public school in the United States.
The Freedom Ship has budgeted $400 million in capital investment to build a large state-of-the-art Western-medicine and Eastern-medicine hospital and purchase medical equipment. A medical research facility will also be built and staffed by some of the world’s brightest scientists. Universities are expected to establish medical schools aboard the ship. Physicians are encouraged to own and operate private practices as well. The Freedom Ship is dedicated to providing the medical communities an environment where all options and treatments are provided and available to the patient at a lower cost to both patient and physician when compared to current medical facilities and insurance plans.