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did you know about the world largest ship to be build?

Capital letters Nearly a mile long and 40,000 on board – the first floating city Duncan Campbell in Los Angeles Saturday May 6, 2000 It may sound like something from a science fiction story – a floating city of 40,000 people that will slowly circumnavigate the globe – but the building of what will be the world’s largest ship is about to begin. The Freedom Ship’s creators say the vessel, whose constuction is due to start in Honduras this summer, will be one of the wonders of the world. The company behind the scheme said reservations for the 20,000 homes on board had begun to accelerate, and there were already plans to build two other floating cities. Freedom Ship will be nearly a mile long (4,320ft), 725ft wide and 340ft tall and will have room for 40,000 people, including a staff of 10,000. There will be a school and university on board, not to mention a landing strip, a hospital, a casino, a shopping mall and 200 acres of open space. The idea is that it will slowly travel the world, pausing a few miles out from chosen destinations such as ports or exotic tropical islands that can only be reached by sea. It will be on the move for 25% of the time and otherwise anchored off different ports. People who want to live on board can purchase their homes for prices which range from $150,000 (£94,000) for a small unit to $40m for something rather larger. There will be 20,000 units in total and the whole venture will cost $9bn. Developers are being encouraged to pre-purchase space and sell it on in the same way as their real estate counterparts do on dry land. “Already we have reservations for 15% [of the units],” said Roger Gooch, the marketing vice-president for the venture from his Florida office yesterday. “Once we are under construction, people will come running. It’s already being termed one of the wonders of the world.” Construction would start in “60 to 90 days”, and would take three years to complete, with the shipyard operating 24 hours a day, he said. The ship is the brainchild of the project director, Norman Nixon of Engineering Solutions, an engineer from Arkansas who has overseen the construction of chemical plants and office buildings from Saudi Arabia to Texas. Application forms for workers on either the construction or staff of the ship when it is finally launched have been placed on the internet and talks are under way with the Nova Southwestern University to ensure that an established academic institution will be responsible for running the degree courses on the ship. Mr Gooch said that the hope was that the vessel would have a “global environment”, with a large mixture of different nationalities and ages. It was not meant to be seen as a retirement cruise ship but one where people could run their businesses and educate their children. As a sales incentive, the company’s material points out that there will be no local taxes to pay. So far, the greatest interest had come from Europe, with Germans and Scandinavians already paying deposits to secure their units. “We’re just a giant landlord,” Mr Gooch said, adding that anyone who wanted to start and run a business on the ship was free to do so. “We’re not in the business of owning a barber shop or a restaurant. We’re shipbuilders.” There had been scepticism, he accepted, about the safety of such a vessel, but the company’s engineers were confident that a ship of such a size would be secure and viable. But was there not a concern that the ship’s size seemed to make it the stuff of which Titanic-style disaster movies are made, the vessel taken hostage perhaps by international pirates or the like? Mr Gooch said that a former FBI man would head a 2,000-strong security force, and the ship would be equipped with “state-of-the-art defensive weapons”. The laws on board will be those of the country under whose flag the ship eventually sails – that country is still to be decided, but will not be the US, he said. Serious offenders would be held until the ship reached its next port and then surrendered to the authorities, he added. And will the city have its own government? Different decks and floors would be able to elect their representatives, Mr Gooch said, but “the captain’s word will be final”.
Bh I was asking everyone did they know about the world biggest ship to be build ?BH it’s good to know what is going on around you in other parts of the world ,anyone one can comment on this question.people thinking titanic you think this might be a nother big disaster or you thing the bernuda triangle I think not because they have better thing to build this ship with what do you think?

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