Australia billionaire to launch "unsinkable" Titanic

CANBERRA Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:54pm EDT

A general view of the dock in East Belfast where the Titanic was built. January 17, 2012. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

A general view of the dock in East Belfast where the Titanic was built. January 17, 2012.

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CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian billionaire announced plans on Monday to build an "unsinkable" version of the Titanic, 100 years after the original sank after hitting an iceberg.

Titanic II is expected to make its maiden voyage from England to North America, the old Titanic route, in late 2016.

"It is going to be designed so it won't sink," mining and tourism tycoon Clive Palmer told reporters. "It will be designed as a modern ship with all the technology to ensure that doesn't happen."

The original Titanic, the largest liner in world when it was launched and dubbed "virtually unsinkable" at the time, sank after hitting an iceberg on April 15, 1912, killing 1,517 passengers and crew.

Palmer said his new shipping company, Blue Star Line Pty Ltd, had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese state-owned company CSC Jinling Shipyard to build Titanic II. The original ship was operated by the White Star Line.

The design work had started for the new Titanic, which will have the same dimension as its old version with 840 rooms and nine decks.

(Reporting by Maggie Lu Yueyang; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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Comments (9)
MetalHead8 wrote:
Thats what the other guy said too. He is asking for trouble.

May 01, 2012 10:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
pbug wrote:
Costa Concordia is ‘modern’ and its designers probably never thought it could sink. But it was built very top heavy, apparently single hulled, one engine and generator room (so when it got flooded most power died), and there was nothing to stop the moron of a captain from showboating way off course, and nothing to make sure that passengers knew what to do, and worse.

If this guy wants something historic, very well built and designed, he ought to renovate the SS United States. Fastest ocean liner ever built, multiple engine rooms, nearly fireproof construction, it was built both as a fast, North Atlantic capable liner and as a US Navy troopship. It is an amazing to look at ship, and plenty of people would love to be able to cruise on her.

May 01, 2012 1:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
pbug wrote:
I just noticed the plan to build it in the Peoples Republic of China. Let’s see; lead paint and worse.

May 01, 2012 2:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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