Once seen as a far-fetched idea, too costly and time consuming to become a reality, it looks as though the early 90’s vision of building and inhabiting a floating city that cruises around the world is about to come to fruition. “The Freedom Ship will be the largest vessel ever built and the first ever floating city, making it a heavily capitalised project and the global economy in the last few years hasn’t been too for unproven progressive projects like ours,” Freedom Ship International director and vice president Roger Gooch said. Freedom Ship will be a 25-storey floating city, accommodating approximately 50,000 permanent residents and will come complete with shops, restaurants, hospitals, schools, an airport and other amenities and was originally the vision of Florida engineer Norman Nixon, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Although construction of the vessel is yet to commence and Nixon passed away last year, Freedom Ship International has taken advantage of the recent change in economic climate, reviving the idea, bringing it back into the spotlight and attempting to raise the US$10.7 billion needed to make the dream a reality. “However, in the last six months we’ve been getting more interest in the project and we are hopeful we will raise the US$1 billion needed to begin construction.” Source = ETB News: P.T.