Australian billionaire Professor Clive Palmer recently announced construction will begin later this year on his modern day replica of the RMS Titanic, scheduled for its maiden voyage in 2016.
In April 2012, the Blue Star Line Chairman announced to the world his intention to build and launch Titanic II with Chinese shipbuilders, CSC Jinling Shipyard. Nearly 100 years after the original vessel last sailed, Palmer revealed plans to develop a replica of the ocean liner as tribute to the “heroic people” who served on the first ship, as well as the passengers aboard.
The project continues to gain momentum with a recent announced that Deltamarin, one of the world’s leading ship design and marine engineering companies, has been commissioned to assist with the passenger liner.
Founded in 1990 by a group of naval architects and engineers, Deltamarin specializes in consulting, design and engineering and project management from small concept development tasks and studies, to complete engineering packages in the marine field. They offer services to the marine and offshore industries worldwide.
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The Finnish-based company will review the project to ensure the vessel is compliant with safety and construction standards and regulations. Work provided by Deltamarin will enable China’s Shipyard to begin construction later this year.
According to Palmer, Blue Star Line has been overwhelmed by the international response to the project.
“More than 20,000 people have registered on Blue Star Line’s website expressing an interest in receiving regular updates from us or requesting information on how to secure bookings for Titanic II’s maiden voyage,” Palmer stated.
In a June 2012 press release, Palmer reaffirmed the 2016 launch date for the ship and the intention for Titanic II to sail from China to England before her maiden passenger voyage retracing its original journey.
“Titanic II will be a regular feature on the transatlantic route between the UK and USA,” Palmer said.
Although the ship will replicate the same dimensions as its predecessor, with 840 rooms and nine decks, “more efficient” changes will include a bulbous bow for greater fuel efficiency, diesel generation and bow thrusters for increased maneuverability.