The official detailing of plans to build a full-scale replica Titanic that will sail a regular route, is to take place on Feb. 26 of 2013. That date was announced this month by Clive Palmer, the Australian billionaire who is building it.
The event is billed by the 58-year-old Palmer as the official global launch of his project and will take place on a U.S. Navy battleship, the USS Intrepid. This unveiling of plans was intended to be the first of six Titanic replica events to take place this December. However, the devastation of Hurricane Sandy caused the postponing of all six; the other five will go ahead but dates and places haven't yet been announced.
Titanic II will be exact replica...but better
Palmer had first announced he planned to build another Titanic in April of 2012, a month marking the centenary of the sinking of the ship on April 15, 1912. Though he hasn't yet made all details public, Palmer told the BBC last August his ship "...will be 98% the same. The only difference will be an extra deck, to give the bridge greater visibility over the bow, which the original didn't have - very much to its cost."
The mining mogul and owner of golf courses and resort spas, well known for a generous nature and willingness to spend, has also said there will be 4m of extra width for stability, in line with modern safety standards, and his Titanic will have state of the art engineering and technology.
Clive Palmer and the Titanic II
The Titanic II, to be operational by 2016, will have lifeboats for each passenger and crew and sail a route between the U.K. and the U.S., which the original Titanic was built to do. Palmer said he and his Blue Star Line obtained copies of the original RMS Titanic building plans and will work off those plans. The ship will be 270 metres long, 53 metres high and weigh 40,000 tonnes and have 840 rooms and nine decks; no estimate of cost has been released; the original cost $7,500,000.
Other details include Palmer's intention to build the Titanic II, as he has said he call the ship, at the CSC Jinling Shipyard in China and that he is using the Finnish-based marine design and engineering company Deltamarin.
When that original ship hit an iceberg, some 1517 passengers and crew lost their lives.