On 30 April 2012, an Autralian billionaire named Clive Palmer announced a $500 million project for the construction of an ocean liner-named Titanic II– which would be made as a replica of the original Olympic-class RMS Titanic, albeit with a few tweaks, that sunk on 15 April, 1912 on its first maiden voyage from Southampton to New York city. The new ship is estimated to carry 2,435 passengers and 900 crew.
The Beginning Of The Project
The contract for the construction of the ship was assigned to a state-owned Chinese shipyard named CSC Jinling. In October 2012, Blue Star Lines-the shipping company of Clive Palmer- announced that Titanic expert Steve Hall had been appointed as Design Consultant and Historian for the project and the interiors were assigned to another Titanic interior expert Daniel Klistorner. It was advocated that the interior design of Titanic II be kept as similar as possible to that of Titanic.
On 26 February, 2013, an official event was held for the unveiling of the design for Titanic II was held aboard USS Intrepid in New York City. On 16 April 2013, it was announced that Deltamarin had acquired the contract for the project development phase, and that they would be responsible for coordinating the various parties involved in the project, including the shipyard, architects, interior designers and operations managers. In order to be compliant with the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)-which is an international maritime safety treaty that ensures that ships comply with minimum safety standards in construction, equipment and operation- Blue Star Line, on 17 July 2013, informed the media that Lloyd’s Register Group Limited and Classificaton society had been made a part of the project. Due to today’s safety regulations and economic considerations, several changes were made to the design of the liner, even though it was initially proposed that the design must be visualized as close as that of Titanic.
Below is a table that compares the measurement and capabilities of the two gigantic ocean liners:
|RMS Titanic||Blue Star Lines Titanic 2|
|Length||882 ft 9 in (269.1 m)||883 ft 0 in (269.15 m)|
|Beam||92 ft 0 in (28.0 m)||105 ft 8 in (32.2 m)|
|Height||175 ft (53.35 m)||175 ft (53.35 m)|
|Draught||34 ft 7 in (10.5 m)||24 ft 7 in (7.5 m) (normal)26 ft 0 in (7.926 m) (maximum)|
|Depth||64 ft 6 in (19.7 m)||64 ft 9 in (19.74 m)|
|Propulsion||Two three-blade wing propellers and one four-blade centre propeller||Diesel-electric; three azimuth thrusters; (3 × 10 MW)|
|Speed||Cruising: 21 kn (39 km/h; 24 mph). Max: 24 kn (44 km/h; 28 mph)||24 knots (44 km/h; 28 mph) (maximum)|
|Capacity||Passengers: 2,435, crew: 892||Passengers: 2,435, crew: 900|
As per a report in “Mirror” newspaper, Titanic II will feature nine decks, 840 cabins and first, second and third class areas, including smoking rooms, Turkish baths, an Edwardian gym, and the classic staircase which was featured in the 1997 film Titanic.
A photograph comparing the famous stairway in Titanic II and RMS Titanic
The swimming pool inside Titanic II and RMS Titanic
Community dining hall in Titanic II has been designed to resemble the one in RMS Titanic
How the bridge will look in Titanic II and how it looked in RMS Titanic
Below is the photograph of the proposed second class bedroom in Titanic II and the original one in RMS Titanic
Apart from the aforementioned comparisons, some other fascinating pictures about the proposed interior of Titanic II are listed below:
A designed model of first class bedroom in Titanic II
A view of the Turkish bath in the new ocean liner
A conceptualized photograph of gymnasium in the new version of RMS Titanic
In June 2013, however, it was brought to the world’s attention that Clive Palmer was facing a financial crunch because of his businesses running in losses because of which he incurred a net loss of worth $1.6 billion AUD ($1.17 billion US) and in an August 2013 interview, Palmer indicated at the delay in the construction of the ship till March 2014 and at the delay in the official launch of the liner to 2018.
Furthermore in March 2014, it was also speculated that CSC Jinling- the Chinese firm responsible for the construction- had lost interest in the project. However, in May 2014, reports emerged that the first project development phase had been completed. But, in the next year, Deltamarin informed an Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the project work for Titanic II had been stopped and finally, on 26 March 2015, the trademark for Blue Star Line was listed as “abandoned”.
In spite of all the skepticism, Palmer’s spokesperson, in September 2015, announced that the project had not been abandoned but was merely delayed and the launch of the new ship would be in 2018 and it’s maiden voyage would be from Jiangsu, China, to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates against what was originally planned from Southampton to New York.