Titanic II Is A Proposed Ocean Liner
It’s been more than 100 years since the Titanic sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. However, an Australian billionaire has set its sights on making the “unsinkable ship” set sails again.
Clive Palmer is building a fully-functioning replica of the Titanic called Titanic II. The ship is to be launched initially this year.
However, the project has been delayed due to a number of reasons. A spokesman for the tycoon said the launch will be moved to 2018 instead.
Titanic II will look virtually identical to the original Titanic, which was built in Belfast, Ireland and sank on its maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg in April 1912.
But for those who are worried if the new Titanic will suffer the same fate as its predecessor, don’t be. Reports said the ship will have some modern improvements to ensure the safety of its crew and passengers.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, the ship will be four metres wider in compliance with modern maritime safety regulations.
Also, the hull will be welded, not riveted. James McDonald, global marketing director of Palmer’s company Blue Star Line, also assured everyone that Titanic II will have modern evacuation procedures, satellite controls, digital navigation and radar systems, and other safety features and amenities you’ll normally see on a modern ship.
Instead of being built in an Ireland shipyard, the ship is currently being constructed in China. The state-owned CSC Jinling has been tasked to build Titanic II. It was announced by Blue Star way back in 2012 during the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic.
Some relatives of the passengers who died in the 1912 tragedy called the project “insensitive.” However, McDonald said the response to the ship is “largely positive” and many people are already asking how they will be able to get tickets to the ship.
For those who want to go on a cruise aboard Titanic II, they have the option to get first, second, or third class tickets. They will also be able to explore the ship’s nine floors, which contain 840 cabins that can accommodate 2,400 passengers and 900 crew members.
They will also be able to enjoy the ships Turkish baths, swimming pool and gymnasiums.
However, Titanic II won’t follow the footsteps of the original Titanic by sailing from Southampton to New York.
Instead, it will travel from Jiangsu, China, to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where Blue Star Line is said to be currently in negotiations with local investors.