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Aus billionaire to build Titanic II

2012-04-30 08:39

Sydney - One of Australia's richest men, Clive Palmer, on Monday unveiled plans to build a 21st century version of the doomed Titanic in China, with its first voyage from England to New York set for 2016.

Palmer, a self-made mining billionaire, said he had commissioned state-owned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard to construct Titanic II with the same dimensions as its predecessor.

"It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic but of course it will have state-of-the-art 21st century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems," Palmer said in a statement.

"Titanic II will sail in the northern hemisphere and her maiden voyage from England to North America is scheduled for late 2016."

He added that he had invited the Chinese navy to escort the Titanic II to New York.

Tribute to makers of original

The announcement comes just weeks after the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic, which went down on April 15 1912 after striking an iceberg on its first voyage, from Southampton to New York.

Palmer said the new ship would be a tribute to the spirit of the men and women who worked on the original, which sank with the loss of 1 514 passengers and crew.

"These people produced work that is still marvelled at more than 100 years later and we want that spirit to go on for another 100 years," he said.

Titanic was commissioned by White Star Line and was the largest liner in the world at the time.

Palmer said he has established his own shipping company, Blue Star Line, with the new vessel having the same specifications as its predecessor - 270m long, 53m high and weighing some 40 000 tonnes.

It will have 840 rooms and nine decks with design work in conjunction with an historical research team underway. No figure was given on how much it would cost.

‘The ultimate in comfort and luxury’

The only changes to the original would be below the water line including welding and not riveting, a bulbous bow for greater fuel efficiency, diesel generation and enlarged rudder and bow thrusters for increased manoeuvrability.

"Titanic II will be the ultimate in comfort and luxury with on-board gymnasiums and swimming pools, libraries, high class restaurants and luxury cabins," Palmer said.

The ship would also include an exhibition room which will be located in the space of the original's coal boilers which will showcase his home state of Queensland.

Palmer is estimated to be Australia's fifth richest person, worth more than Aus$5bn, thanks to his vast coal and other mining assets in Queensland and Western Australia.

Chinese shipping industry

He has also branched out into tourism and owns the luxury Coolum resort on the Sunshine Coast, while recently saying he wants to move into the media industry, a sector dominated by Fairfax and Rupert Murdoch's News Limited.

His decision to commission a Chinese shipbuilding yard, which will also construct other luxury liners for the tycoon, reinforces his ties to the country, which is a key buyer of his coal and iron ore.

"The Chinese are renowned for building commercial cargo and container ships," he said.

"China currently produces around 2 to 3% of the world's luxury ships but is looking to challenge the Europeans who have around 75% of this market.

"The Chinese ship building industry with our assistance wants to be a major player in this market."
The original Titanic was built in Belfast.

Comments
  • Elias Bk Molomo - 2012-04-30 09:17

    i want a ticket for that trip plz, can't wait 2016#titanic ll

      Jbm - 2012-04-30 09:27

      Start saving now cos it wont cost you RANDS. and keep me in mind when you do get one!

  • Johnathan - 2012-04-30 09:28

    I want a ticket !!! but I saw what happened to Leo and id like to reserve a seat on a lifeboat first please

  • kevin.vanblerk - 2012-04-30 09:46

    'Made In China'... hmm

      Ask - 2012-04-30 10:07

      Boet, everything is made in China... my China... Go and check at the shops... even the iPhone etc... I'm going on this trip; I'm taking my own inflatable boat with as part of my luggage... (made in Korea)

      stephan.steyn1 - 2012-04-30 12:19

      dont you know the new saying, "if its not made in China, it ain't real" all originals come from China.

      Ted - 2012-04-30 16:45

      Yes. Its from China my China!

      balan.morgen - 2012-05-01 14:42

      All replica's are made in China, because of cheap labour

  • JNaMolefe - 2012-04-30 11:10

    And i want a ticket for that trip as well, hopefully it won't be expensive, cos i will be flying to England after 3 years, then 2016, to New York.. Im so excited! the restoration of the Titanic ship which would be called Titanic II, i believe that we need a huge ship, support the passengers who died after sinking the old Titanic on its first voyage.

  • Robin - 2012-04-30 11:23

    What an exciting venture - good luck to the man.

  • nspaynter - 2012-04-30 12:15

    OUCH! THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN A SOUTH AFRICAN VENTURE ============================================================ From Wikipedia: South African business mogul Sarel Gous proposed building Titanic II in June 2000. Gous said he had got hold of the original drawings for the famous ship and now wanted to fulfill his dream. If the ship had been completed, she would have had a length of 290 metres and a width of 33 metres.[2] Having held discussions with the technical department of the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland, he presented the proposal to Belfast City Council. The project was priced at around £500 million.[3] Gous had previously considered constructing the ship in Durban, South Africa, but commissioned a feasibility study into the project with Harland & Wolff.[4] The ship was intended to be the largest cruise liner in the world.[5] In November 2000, Gous signed an agreement with a Monaco-based firm to finance the construction of the ship. He stated that construction would begin within the next nine months.[6] In 2006 the Replica Titanic project was scrapped due to high costs and a low amount of support for the project. The last Titanic survivor, Millvina Dean,[9] had gone onto the record as being against the Titanic II ship.[10]

  • Patrick - 2012-04-30 12:41

    Just as long as the ship does not get an Italian or Greek captain!

  • zhinghoullas - 2012-04-30 13:32

    I WILL BE IN FOR THE FIRST \APPOCALYPTIC JOURNEY\\r\nSO EXCITING.

  • jeremy002 - 2012-04-30 13:40

    Cool. However, before she is launched, please don't say anything silly like, "Not even God can sink this ship......"

  • Dawnay - 2012-04-30 16:31

    GOOD now my next son shall be called HITLER 2

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-04-30 17:22

    "self made billionaire" Stumble across valuable minerals.... "I did it all by myself."

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-04-30 19:01

    Its gona sink again i tell you.

  • Lordwick - 2012-04-30 19:02

    I don't want to see myself in this titanic for a mere fact that would be build in China!!!!

  • Ryan - 2012-05-01 00:38

    Well, it is awesome that they are reconstructing my most favorite THING in the world, but im mad because im not going to be able to sail on it, and im worried that there not going to get something looking right that is supposed to look like the original thing on RMS TITANIC.......

      balan.morgen - 2012-05-01 14:49

      I will rather sail on Queen Mary 2 which is even bigger and luxurious than the Titanic

  • Mark - 2012-05-01 10:55

    Curse of the age ! - May she sink on her first Maydom voyage. Let the sister ship accompany Titanic II in case she sinks and they have to pick up survivors.

  • briankbkbrian - 2012-05-04 09:44

    come what may am on the first voyage whether i have gt d dime o nt

  • briankbkbrian - 2012-05-04 10:00

    am out

  • red24 - 2012-06-19 11:55

    I'd like to publicly announce that I am building a new airship, Hindenburg II. It will be filled with the same gas and made of the same material as the original.

  • mart.snipers - 2013-02-19 01:45

    I WANT A TICKET AS WELL HOW MUCH U THINK THEY WOULD GO FROM

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