Freedom Ship, soon to be constructed, is a massive ocean-going vessel. With a length of 4,320 feet, a width of 725 feet, and a height of 340 feet, Freedom Ship will be one of the wonders of the worlda mobile modern city featuring luxurious living, a major world trade center, and an extensive duty-free international shopping mall.
Freedom Ship will continuously circle the globe, covering most of the world's coastal regions. Its large fleet of commuter aircraft and hydrofoils will ferry residents and visitors to and from shore. The airport on the ship's top deck will serve private and small commercial aircraft (up to about 40 passengers). The vessel's superstructure, rising twenty-five stories above its broad main deck, will 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. Finally, a wide array of recreational and athletic facilities, worthy of a world class resort, will make Freedom Ship a veritable "Community on the Sea."
Attractive artwork and creative architecture will grace the ship. Parks and promenades will boast waterfalls, ponds, and extensive landscaping. Most levels will feature large saltwater aquariums. The shopping mall, one of the world's largest, will also be one of its most beautiful. Portions will be dedicated to individual countries, featuring culturally characteristic architectures. A 100-foot-wide main deck will lead to a marina at the stern. Over 200 acres of open area will be available for recreation and relaxation.
Stability, safety, and structural integrity are top-priorities in Freedom Ship's design. The underlying design philosophy is that everything must be stronger, more efficient, and more reliable than is called for by generally accepted engineering and construction standards. Average cruise or cargo ship hull designs exceed minimum design requirements by 10 to 50%. Freedom ship's design exceeds minimum requirements by 100%.
As a result of its immense size and its base of over 600 individual air-tight cells, Freedom Ship will be the safest and most stable vessel that has ever set sail. Passengers will rarely sense they are on a ship. With virtually no pitch and roll, sea sickness should not be a Freedom Ship experience. The ship's unique construction is such that if all of its 98 external cells were penetrated and flooded (a virtual impossibility) the ship's draft would increase by only 1 foot, with no significant loss in stability or safety. A typical cruise ship, is taller than it is wide, while Freedom Ship is less than half as tall as it is wide, giving it dramatically greater stability. This big advantage is increased even more (and substantially) by the enormous weight in Freedom Ship's base (over 30 million pounds of machinery and equipment). Even force-five hurricane winds would pose no threat to the ship; their only impact would be to increase fuel usage required to move through the storm. The vessel will have unprecedented maneuverability, with an ability to move forward, backward, left, right, and even rotate in place. Every unit will be protected by four-hour fire walls and an automatic sprinkler system. The ship will be impervious to lightning.
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