It's the centenary of the sinking in 1912 of the RMS Titanic and a plan announced by Aussie billionaire Clive Palmer in April to build a new Titanic is still afloat. Palmer has signed a design firm, Finnish-based Deltamarin, and plans are moving forward.
Deltamarin has offices all over the world and is one of the world's leading design and ship engineering companies. Palmer said Deltamarin will make certain the design is in line with current construction and safety regulations.
Once Deltamarin has looked at plans and made their recommendations, the constructing of the ship will begin. It will be built in China's CSC Jinling Shipyard and run by Palmer's newly-formed company, Blue Star Lines (the original Titanic was built and operated by White Star Lines).
Titanic Replica to have new technology
The 58-year-old Palmer, who made his riches in mining, is his country's fifth richest person so has the resources to make the project work. Palmer said in April when he announced the project to the world, that the ship will have all of the newest technological gadgets and safety systems, and other modern features, but will otherwise be a replica of the RMS Titanic.
He has not given an exact date for the beginning of construction of the Titanic II but said in April that he plans to have the ship ready for her inaugural trip in 4 years. She will run, he said, between the U.K. and the U.S.A., like the RMS Titanic was intended to do. The ship will be 270 metres long, 53 metres high and weigh 40,000 tonnes and have 840 rooms and nine decks.
The original Titanic hit an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank on April 15, 1912, with the loss of 1,517 passengers and crew.