Notice the quite seasteading-y argument: “It would provide flexibility in positioning and length of stay and allow SABMiller to move with water sources, with people, with crops, or even away from severe weather, natural disasters or political instability.”
lasse, thanks for the link that was a good info digg ! So we have floating Gas liquidifaction plants, floating paper mills in the amazoon, now we have floating breweries… i can not remember that this idea came up before in the forums – we talked about wind energy, deep sea mining, medical, fish farming and many other reasons for seasteading but beer was never mentioned.
Maybe any process that is happening in closed reciepients (fermenters, reactors, etc) and are climate, resource, location, sensitive, can be a canditate for floating industrial installations. Since the Nkossa Barge was implemented there is no doubt that floating industrial installations with a life expectancy of 200 years are a reality as we speak.
Maybe seasteading will happen very different than we expected – not the people go first but the industrial plants. I have seen industrial production installations be dismounted in western europe and shipped by truck to poland to be rebuilt there in a blink of an eye – doing it on a float will allow to move without interrupt production – seems to be a trend in globalization.
Very interesting, and it brings up another idea: all sorts of heavy industry might be best situated offshore, especially if some danger to the public is involved. There is lots of empty space on the oceans, and anything explosive or which might produce a chemical cloud could be kept away from residential areas – excepting of course the floating “mill towns” that would accompany them, but always at a safe distance.
Keeping in mind that many of the world’s largest cities are on the ocean’s edge, this could be a great way to expand a city’s industrial sector and availability without crippling concerns over zoning and safety.
In fact the russians build floating nuclear power plants as we speak. They have them deployed in the arctic to supply arctic mining/oil/gas activities and settlements, and they made a deal with indonesia for floating nuclear power plant export.
There is certainly a benefit in building a piece of technology at a site where you have all the resources and export it to a place where non of those resources exist. The limit has always been the street and container transport weight and size. Although it is almost a “standard process” to dismantle a factory and build it up from container sized pieces in another location – mounting it in one piece on a floating platform of unlimited size and export it as a working factory is obviously much better.
The concept of floating industry has been present since the wooden whale oil factory ships of the 19th century it was improved by the tuna processing ship that packed the product ready for super market, but it looks like industy is now looking to other fields for not traditionally ocean bound industries like Energy and beverage – it seems to be a natural outcome of globalization and the need to move factories that comes with it…