Images of a “floating city” have been released by architects behind what would be a world-first – if it is ever constructed
Florida-based Freedom Ship International say the $9 bn seagoing settlement would have enough room for 50,000 permanent residents within its 25 storeys and include schools, hospitals, art galleries, shops, parks, an aquarium and a casino.
It would even have its own airport on the roof, with a runway serving small private and commercial aircraft carrying up to 40 passengers each, they claim.
Roger Gooch, director and vice-president 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 the last six months we’ve been getting more interest in the project and we are hopeful we will raise the $1bn to begin construction.
”The ship would spend 70 per cent of its time anchored off major cities and the rest sailing between countries.
Powered by solar panels and wave energy, the city would navigate from the east coast of the US across the Atlantic to Europe and into the Mediterranean, say its designers.
It could loop back and sail around the Cape of Good Hope at the tip of Africa and across to Australia, into East Asia and across the Pacific before spending the end of the year on the west coast of North America, then chasing the summer sun into South America.