Titanic II: Australian billionaire Clive Palmer to build the next Titanic, to be made in China

By on Apr 30, 2012 in Australia, Lifestyle, Travel Comments

Australian billionaire Clive Palmer announced on Monday, April 30, 2012 that he plans to build the so-called Titanic II, or a replica of the original Titanic that sank in April 1912 and had over 1500 lives lost, which will be made in China.

Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, announcing
his plans to build Titanic II

Image Credit: Glenn Hunt

According to Australian news sites that day, mining magnate Clive Palmer revealed that his new company Blue Star Line Pty Ltd has commissioned the state-owned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard to build the said ship.

“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,” Clive Palmer was quoted in a statement during the press conference in Brisbane on Monday.

“These people produced work that is still marveled at more than 100 years later and we want that spirit to go on for another 100 years,” Mr. Palmer added, noting that the building of Titanic II is a tribute to the spirit of the men and women who constructed the original Titanic.

“It is going to be designed so it won’t sink. It will be designed as a modern ship with all the technology to ensure that doesn’t happen. But, of course, if you are superstitious like you are, you never know what could happen.” Mr. Palmer explained further, not revealing how much the next Titanic will cost.

Apparently, Titanic II was noted to have the same dimensions as its predecessor, with 840 rooms and nine decks; but would include a bulbous bow for greater fuel efficiency and diesel generation, and an enlarged rudder and bow thrusters for improved maneuverability.

Palmer, 54, who also announced that he will run for pre-selection in Treasurer Wayne Swan‘s seat, noted that the building of the next Titanic may start at the end of next year and would be ready to set sail in 2016, with its maiden voyage to be from England to New York, just like the original one.

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