Ocean Builders, a company that builds “floating, off-grid seapod homes,” has bought an Australian cruise ship, renamed it “Satoshi” and plans to fill it with crypto companies, entrepreneurs and digital nomads.
Ocean Builders chief operating officer Chad Elwartowski said the ship will be a hub for innovation, offering a unique space in which crypto entrepreneurs can build and network:
“We look forward to creating a hub for technology and innovation here in Panama. Our goal is to figure out how to live sustainably on the sea and chart new waters in this new frontier.”
The ship was built in 1991 with the name Pacific Dawn and has since been operated by Princess Cruises and P&O Australia. P&O’s parent company Carnival Corporation decided to sell the ship due to the impact of the pandemic on the cruising industry.
The crypto cruise ship is named Satoshi after Bitcoin’s (BTC) pseudonymous creator, with Elwartowski claiming the vessel will host restaurants, casinos, medical services and a water park. Satoshi will anchor in the Gulf of Panama, home to many crypto exchanges, and BTC will be accepted for all on-board purchases alongside U.S. dollars.
The first 200 of Satoshi’s 777 cabins will be sold via auctions scheduled for Nov. 5 to Nov. 28. The cabins are priced between $25,000 and $50,000. However, buyers must also pay ongoing monthly fees to acquire full ownership of the cabins.
The cabins will be sold one deck at a time to give associated entrepreneurs the opportunity to purchase rooms adjacent to one another.
“Our idea for families with children is to buy a balcony or ocean view room for the parents and purchase a cheaper interior room across the hall for the children. We would like to think of your cabin as your bedroom while your living room is the rest of the ship.”
If everything goes according to plan, Satoshi will be available for residency from early 2021.
According to Marine Insight, “seasteading pioneer” Elwartowski and his Thai girlfriend were last year accused of violating Thailand’s sovereignty when they tried to occupy a sea home off the coast of Phuket. The act reportedly saw the home seized by the Thai Navy, and arrest warrants were issued for both of them.