| ship • floating base | floating fabrication site | floating construction | never call it a ship |

Somebody said: I am thinking about fitting out a container ship for a fabrication site…

A container ship is probably one of the best options when going for a ship - they are basicly open without divisions and deck ( a big empty canoe if you want to see it that way) which is a good starting point.

On the other hand you will get the same problems as you had with the Satoshi - after all it is a SHIP and as a ship it has to apply to extremly expensive and very detailed “obligated shedules” to “keep it in class” and once it “falls out of class” no port and no anchorsite will welcome you.

The marine industry is used to the line of thinking that “ship out of class is environment hazard in fast progress” -

You have a kind of “narrative and perception issue” that is hard to deal with. Explaining that your “ship is not exactly a ship” and deserves to be treated different - is much harder and expensive than doing something that floats but is “clearly outside of shipping industry parameters”

So to start with you might want to look for something that floats and that is “clearly not a ship” so free of that kind of obligations and complications.

You might go for a Barge - they are in less strict frameworks - but still in narrow perception and rule frameworks after all.

What you want as a base for a fabrication site is something that can pass as a “floating island” or a “marina walkway installation” that is clearly outside of the radar of the kind of “ruling sets” and enforcement agencies that deal with ships.

seasteading core thesis:

• “Never ever and under no circumstances call it a ship”

…or allow that it gets treated like a ship…

The moment you get lumped in with “ship rule sets” or “oil platform rule sets” your project is baked - due to unfeasibility of the resulting cost structure.


This is something that is half way between a barge and a floating island / wharf / land extension


| floating construction | heavy method | off the shelf concrete engineering | building a concrete slab of that size is not very economic either |

Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) ships for the U.S. Navy | $1.08 billion contract for two ships | so if you don´t have that kind of money for a “parking lot sized workspace at sea” avoid the whole concept of ships…



marina walkways | this is clearly not a ship - clearly not a barge | any intent of "lumping it in under ship or barge regulations, rules itself out inmediaty as “simply ridiculous” | so this is the way you would probably want to go…nobody will ask you to provide “class certification” for that…Nobody will ask what flag do you fly…nobody will ask if you have life vests …if electrics obey RINA…etc… etc… ect…that is VERY important for the “practical feasibility” of real life projects…

which rule sets are you expected to comply with - and which not …


floating port and ship service infrastructure


Something pretty much in between the concepts of barge and floating infrastructure - it is clearly utilitarian - and in business as we speak - not exactly a goofy floating island concept - as it floats around on seasteading forums…


| a floating building lot that will carry a land style house | certainly not a ship |


| the same base with the final house on it and with the connecting walkways |


| a small piece of floating infrastructure | not a walkway | not a barge | not a ship | goes without register | goes without flag | it is just a floating element of some kind of “installation” |


| floating marina | floating city | oceanic real estate development |


Floating Diagrid Structures

The principle of basket weave applied to Seasteading

Floating Light Honeycomb Shell Structures

Light oceanic construction

Bubble Cluster Structure Seasteading

Multiple spheres, domes, acting like a giant foam block

Ocean Sphere

The Sphere is the most efficient shape for large scale enclosure of human living space in hostile environments, it allows the most volume with the least material in the structural toughest way.

Plate Seastead

| Stadion Seastead | Lens Seastead |

Ramform Seastead

The need for a bow on a oceanic structure under 400m


| what is out there already | what we need to compete with | 7,5 billion investment volume | that kind of infrastructure comes with a price tag of about usd 800 per square meter real estate | the cost of the structure is driven by the cost of “moving sand around on landscape changing scale” | it is obvious that the next step in this kind of development are floating structures | check: monaco breakwater |

context : monaco breakwater base data

context: mulberry harbour

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the ocean is the assembly line

floating fabication site

| floating rock | advanced cement composite | seasteading | you can build anything from that kind of material | any shape | no mold required | freeforming technology | you can put this together “termit style” | Termite-Tech™ - one dot of material at a time - in a continous process - growing for decades…putting an aditional dot somewhere on the structure does not interrupt the business going on on the structure…


| light cement based honeycomb structure | wall thickness 5mm |

• If you do light building you can make big structures on a moderate cost base that is of essence

• the building cost per real estate square meter is less than half of what is out there and happening on large scale in off the shelf land reclamation projects already…

the base line…

| the standard concrete box in off the shelf concrete technology | every concrete contractor can build that | we can do (by far) better …

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the ocean is the assembly line

floating fabication site