Australian business tycoon to build replica of Titanic


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Australian business tycoon to build replica of Titanic | China National News




China National News Thursday 28th February, 2013
Palmer announced that the ship will be built in China and begin carrying passengers in the third quarter of 2016.
tne new "Titanic", like its prototype, will be 270 meters long. It will have 9 decks and 850 cabins of the first, second and third classes
Forbes pegged Palmer's net worth at $795 million last February.
NEW YORK - Australian mining tycoon Clive Palmer has unveiled plans to build a life-size replica of the Titanic, and sail it.
He unveiled plans for construction of Titanic II, a cruise ship designed as a "full-scale re-creation" of the Titanic, which sank in the Atlantic Ocean in April 1912.
Displaying a blueprint for the Titanic II at a press conference aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air Space Museum, Palmer announced that the ship will be built in China and begin carrying passengers in the third quarter of 2016.
The Titanic II is designed to be a faithful replica of the original cruise liner that sank in 1912 in what still probably ranks as the most famous nautical disaster of all time but with air conditioning. Its first sail is planned for 2016.
However, experts say that the new vessel will still have to differ in some details from the old one.
The new 'Titanic', like its prototype, will be 270 meters long. It will have 9 decks and 850 cabins of the first, second and third classes. The ship will be able to host up to 2,600 passengers, and its crew will consist of 900 people.
Like the "previous" 'Titanic', the new one will have Turkish baths, a grand staircase and a casino. The cabin's decorations will be restored according to the sketches for the old 'Titanic', which have survived till our days.
Russian vessel engineer Victor Kravchenko says: "The old "Titanic" drowned because it had several drawbacks in its construction. According to the regulations that exist today, vessels with similar drawbacks in construction are just not allowed to be used. This alone is enough for the new ship's creators not to make it an exact copy of the old 'Titanic'."
The new 'Titanic' will be built in the Chinese port city of Nanjing. Clive Palmer has already signed a contract to this end with Jinling Shipyard in Nanjing.
The cost of this project is not revealed, but information has leaked somehow that the ship's construction will cost $ 4 billion.
Palmer, owner of mining company Mineralology, has said 40,000 people have so far indicated interest in sailing on the Titanic II, according to the Wall Street Journal. Of them 35 per cent are from China.
Forbes pegged Palmer's net worth at $795 million last February.
The original Titanic, commissioned by White Star Line, was a 46,000-ton ship, about 883 feet in length and 175 feet tall, according to the Journal.
The Titanic II will be tiny among today's cruise ship behemoths. The newest, biggest ships like Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas (2011), run up to 225,282 gross tons and 1,187 feet in length.




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Peaches
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It would have to be kind of eerie to be cruising on a calm cold night in sight of icebergs and be on a replica of the Titanic!
 
The Old Medic
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Most of the exterior will look a lot like the Titanic, and some of the trim inside. But, if built, it would be a totally different ship in all essential respects.

Personally, I doubt if it will actually be built. I can't see any cruise line actually willing to operate it.
 
china
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I can't see any cruise line actually willing to operate it

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I do ... The name of the line though foreign in Canada.........MONEY .
 

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