According to several news sources in Thailand, the Thailand Navy plans on removing our seastead and dismantling it. We urge them to speak with us on this issue as moving the seastead could be dangerous and someone could get hurt if they do not understand how the complex structure works. This is not something that you can just tow and place on land. It was meant to stay upright and continue to stay upright.
The idea that the seastead poses any sort of ship traffic threat is absolutely not true. The seastead has been in its location since February 2nd. We have all of the necessary beacons and navigation devices necessary to warn any ship from miles away of our location. Fishing ships and fish traps utilize that area for fishing, it is not in any shipping lane otherwise the cargo ships would be hitting fishing boats or going over fish traps daily.
We are offering to move the seastead ourselves at our own expense and are working on determining a safe location outside of Thai maritime waters.
We are overwhelmed by the extraordinary response by people around the world that have not only shown support for Chad and Nadia as well as those who have signed up on our website to buy seasteads. Our tracker on the main website is not dynamic so it does not display the amount of new buyers that have expressed interest but we have over 300 responses pending in our e-mail of people who have checked one of the three boxes on our website of “I want to buy a seastead”, “I am interested but would like more information” or “I want to find out more information”.
Rest assured, we will build seasteads even if the location is not in Thailand. We already have been contacted by several countries around the world that can see the potential of the innovation, the tourism and economic growth that their nation will receive once they have a wealth of new commerce and tourism off of their coast.
We are going through the potential locations reviewing the sea conditions of each place to find the best place to start. As we are just getting started we have been focused on locations with low waves and no hurricanes. We would also like to ensure that the location has a history of respecting international law and treaties relating to the open sea.
We felt that the calm waters of the Andaman Seas were ideal and we may have a new location with one of Thailand’s neighbors who is more open to seeing the economic potential of our seastead building business in their country supplying jobs to their people.
The timing of the Thai Navy could not have been any worse for having diplomatic discussions with Thailand (which we reached out to but Thailand is very difficult when it comes to such matters).
Our rationale for our approach was the following:
1. first build a prototype and prove that the concept works
2. Advertise this to a group of potential buyers
3. Collect earnest money from people with a “serious” interest
4. Use that list as a negotiation position with the proper authorities of Thailand for the creation of a conceptual model including some tourist attractions in harmony with the laws and the demands of Thailand
5. After the permission by Thailand was granted, collect a real down payment from the list of earnest money participants and reward them by giving them the unit at cost
6. After the down payments were received, underwrite contracts with suppliers and builders
7. Deliver the product after the collection of final payment.
Our initial sale was to begin April 15th. The Thai Navy released their news about Chad and Nadia just two days before.
We were not able to begin the sale to see how many expressions of interest would actually result in orders but we did have an order for an underwater restaurant, three SeaBnBs (bungalow type hotel units) and a tuna farmer (who understood that they would need to file all of the correct permits to do so in Thailand maritime waters).
We are open to discussions with all governments around the world who understand the economic potential of this new industry of building seasteads for the new frontier as well as an answer to the inevitable sea level rise that will begin eroding many nations coasts.
Potential national governments should contact us here at firstname.lastname@example.org
We implore any Thai authorities involved in trying to remove the seastead to also contact that e-mail address to give us your contact information so that we can at least advise you on how to safely move the seastead (even if you’re one of the engineers tasked with finding the solution, we are engineers, we can help).