Plans Revealed for Clive Palmer's Crazy Titanic II Project
Titanic II has captured the world’s imagination since billionaire mining mogul Clive Palmer announced that his shipping company, Blue Star Line, would recreate the famous ship in honour of the 100 year anniversary of the launch and untimely fate of the original Titanic.
In preparation for the Titanic II global launch in New York on 26 February, Blue Star Line has released details of the build via an e-book titled “Titanic II – Return of a Legend.” The e-book features computer-generated images of several highlights of the ship including the Turkish Baths, the Gymnasium, and the Smoking Room.
Blue Star Line have promised to create an authentic Titanic experience, providing passengers with a ship that has the same interiors and cabin layout as the original vessel, while integrating modern safety procedures, navigation methods, and 21st century technology to produce the highest level of luxurious comfort. As well as incorporating the same class categories as the original Titanic, all the original restaurants and dining rooms will be recreated.
According to Palmer,“the Preliminary General Arrangement plans depict the original separation between first, second and third class, which will be kept in the ship’s final design.”
“To ensure Titanic II is compliant with all current safety and construction regulations, a new ‘Safety Deck’ has been inserted between D and C decks and will feature proper lifeboats, safety chutes or slides as well as new common public rooms,” Palmer explains.
The design for the Titanic II has been entrusted to Finland-based naval architecture and engineering firm Deltamarin while leading Chinese state-owned shipbuilders, CSC Jinling Shipyard, has been commissioned to build the ship.
“Blue Star Line’s website continues to receive an overwhelming response from people expressing an interest in receiving regular updates from us or requesting information on how to secure bookings for Titanic II’s maiden voyage,” Palmer said.
Titanic II is scheduled to set sail from Southampton to New York on her maiden passenger voyage in 2016.
See Clive Palmer interviewed by the BBC in the video below