Manufacturing will be done on re-purposed freight ships – generally purchased at or close to the current scrapping value of $280/ Ton LDT (Light Displacement Tons).
Each of our ships will be small independent city states effectively, and part of a larger conglomeration/confederation of ships/states. This business is going to be based completely on the open ocean.
The primary Industrial ships will be PanaMax container ships currently going for scrap. Since the Panama canal expanded its dimensions they are becoming obsolete early – a 3500 TEU ship that was only seven years old went for less than $6 million recently – the going rate for ship scrapping is down to $280 per ton. A TEU is a standard 20 ft container.
Imagine a stack of containers as stacked in a hold or on deck and see it as many cells in an architectural design – any or no walls or ceilings could be cut out. Imagine it with all the internal walls cut out leaving a huge spaces with only pillars every 20 ft by 8 ft with an 8.5 ft height plus wiring space above the ceiling and below the floor.
Much value is added by good architecture, machinery can be pre installed, plumbing and wiring can all be pre-done, needing only connection. The cutting out of walls will be done by extreme pressure water blaster under computer control.
To be continued…