One of Australia’s richest men, Clive Palmer, on Monday unveiled plans to build a 21st century version of the doomed Titanic in China, with its first voyage from England to New York set for 2016.
Palmer, a self-made mining billionaire, said he had commissioned state-owned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard to construct Titanic II with the same dimensions as its predecessor.
“It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic but of course it will have state-of-the-art 21st century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems.”
“Titanic II will sail in the northern hemisphere and her maiden voyage from England to North America is scheduled for late 2016,” Palmer said in a statement.
He added that he had invited the Chinese navy to escort the Titanic II to New York.
The announcement comes just weeks after the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic, which went down on April 15, 1912 after striking an iceberg on its first voyage, from Southampton to New York.
Palmer said the new ship would be a tribute to the spirit of the men and women who worked on the original, which sank with the loss of 1,514 passengers and crew.
“These people produced work that is still marvelled at more than 100 years later and we want that spirit to go on for another 100 years,” he said.
Titanic was commissioned by White Star Line and was the largest liner in the world at the time.
Palmer said he has established his own shipping company, Blue Star Line, with the new vessel having the same specifications as its predecessor — 270 metres long (885 feet), 53 metres high and weighing some 40,000 tonnes.
It will have 840 rooms and nine decks with design work in conjunction with an historical research team underway. No figure was given on how much it would cost.
The only changes to the original would be below the water line including welding and not riveting, a bulbous bow for greater fuel efficiency, diesel generation and enlarged rudder and bow thrusters for increased manoeuvrability.
“Titanic II will be the ultimate in comfort and luxury with on-board gymnasiums and swimming pools, libraries, high class restaurants and luxury cabins,” Palmer said
Address: Haruniyeh, near Dibai House Hote. Another one of the centuries-old mosques dotted around the city, this architectural gem echoes with impressive brickwork masonry reminiscent of the Seljuk period. Layers of brown bricks laid out in graceful geometrical designs might not stand out as prominently as the blue and green tile work of most other mosques, but they present a stunning visual ex...
This is the central square in Altstadt and is a site used for many of the major festivals and fairs in the city. The Rommerberg has a bunch of historical sites, museums and buildings that are considered a tourist’s first stops. Romer (Town Hall) The Town Hall’s name, Zum Romer means, “To the Romans” in honor of the Roman settlements predating the founding of Frankfurt. The Town Hall buildi...
The Jet d'eau in Lake Geneva spouting 140 meters into the air is regarded as the world's tallest water fountain, symbolizing Geneva's position as a leader in harnessing hydraulic power. ...
L’Hôtel National des Invalides is a massive complex in the 7th arrondissement dedicated to France’s military history, as well as an operating retirement home for war veterans. Construction began in 1670 and finished in 1676. Louis XIV intended the complex be used as a military hospital. The signature dome was added later on and is a triumph of Baroque architecture. The complex is home to...