PUBLISHED 26 JULY 2012 16:55
Plans for mining magnate Clive Palmer’s pet project Titanic II have been released.
Clive Palmer’s international shipping company, Blue Star Line, has revealed plans for Titanic II, while 20,000 people have registered their interest to secure bookings for the remake’s maiden voyage, set to cast off in 2016.
Palmer’s intention is to sail from China, where the ship is being built, to England, accompanied by the Chinese navy. The ship will then set out on the original Titanic’s path for her maiden passenger voyage.
Palmer says Titanic II will have the same dimensions as its predecessor, with 840 rooms and nine decks. The main departure from the design of the original Titanic will be below the water line, including welding, a bulbous bow for greater fuel efficiency, diesel generation and bow thrusters for increased maneuverability.
The Titanic II Preliminary General Arrangement Plan and Preliminary Midship Section Drawing depicts nine decks complete with first, second and third class, Officer and crew accommodation, as well as the insertion of a new ‘Safety Deck’. Palmer has stated that the classes will be strictly controlled, with a casino in first class that is inaccessible to the lower classes.
Palmer has said from deck D upwards Deltamarin (the Finnish marine engineering company managing the project) has managed to keep the public rooms, passenger stairs, cabins and other features in similar locations as in the original ship.
“New escape stairs, service elevators, air conditioning room and similar functions have also been added and the inclusions of main fire zones have been designed so that they have minimum disturbance on public rooms. G deck has also been re-designed to now feature crew accommodation, laundry, stores and machinery.”
Titanic II will be built in China by state-owned CSC Jinling Shipyard.