AUSTRALIAN mining tycoon Clive Palmer’s dream to rebuild Titanic looks set to become a reality, with plans already under way.
While Palmer’s assertion in April that he would build a replica ship were initially met with skepticism, latest reports indicate he has already engaged a firm to undertake a review of safety and structural compliancy. Robb. M Stewart from The Wall Street Journal wrote of the safety review, “hopefully that includes icebergs”, referring of course to the tragedy of the original ship, that hit an iceberg and sank on its first voyage in 1912 killing 1,500 people.
A Chinese shipyard will be used to build the passenger liner according to the original design by Blue Star Line which makes for a 270m long, 53m high, 40,000 tonne ship with 840 rooms and nine decks. Apparently there will be some changes below the water line for things like manoeuvrability and fuel efficiency.
While the ship won’t be ready until 2016, Palmer said 200,000 people have already registered to get updates from his website Blue Star Line and request information about making bookings for the maiden voyage. Currently the site only seems to contain footage of Titanic’s original voyage.
“Titanic II will be a regular feature on the transatlantic route between the UK and USA,” Palmer added.
“This magnificent vessel is being constructed in memory of the heroic people who served on the first ship, as well as the passengers who sadly shared their fate.”