Australian billionaire Clive Palmer to build Titanic II

 

Clive Palmer told a news conference Titanic II would be ready to set sail in 2016

Clive Palmer, one of Australia's richest men, has commissioned a Chinese state-owned company to build a 21st Century version of the Titanic.

The mining billionaire told Australian media that construction would start at the end of next year.

It would be ready to set sail in 2016.

The plan, he added, was for the vessel to be as similar as possible to the original Titanic in design and specifications, but with modern technology.

Mr Palmer told Australian media that he had signed a memorandum of understanding with CSC Jinling Shipyard to construct the ship.

"It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic but of course it will have state-of-the-art 21st Century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems," he said in a statement.

The announcement comes just weeks after the centenary of the sinking of the ill-fated Titanic.

The vessel, the largest luxury ship in its time, struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. It went down on 15 April 1912, leaving more than 1,500 people dead.

"Of course it will sink if you put a hole in it,'' Mr Palmer said in response to questions from reporters on whether the Titanic replica would sink.

Titanic A number of events were held to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking

The new vessel is scheduled to sail from London to New York in late 2016, if all goes as planned.

"It is going to be designed so it won't sink,'' he added. ''But, of course, if you are superstitious like you are, you never know what could happen.''

The cost of the construction is not known, a spokesman for Mr Palmer told Australian media.

The mining magnate from Queensland, who has strong business relations with China, has expanded into tourism. He owns a luxury resort on the Sunshine Coast and has plans to build a fleet of luxury liners.

His plan to build the Titanic replica was announced on the same day that he revealed plans, in a separate news conference, to contest the next federal election in Queensland.

He told reporters that he has expressed interest in standing for Queensland's Liberal National Party (LNP), part of the conservative opposition at federal level, in the Brisbane seat of Lilley - currently held by Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 434.

    If Celine Dione sings on the maiden voyage we'll all crack a smile - you know it's true!

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    Comment number 433.

    Pay differentials, supported by endless industrial action may have made us very uncompetitive, but dismantling manufacturing was strategy by the Thatcher administration, to break the unions for good. Germany made a strategic decision to keep a strong manufacturing base. We decided to nurture Banks instead. Yes, pity Titanic II could not be built in Britain, but that decision was made 30 years ago

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    Comment number 432.

    197.
    Drunken Hobo Don't want to burst your bubble there mate, but the Chinese are cool for jobs, if it were being built here, then mabey, but really the reason they are villified is because it is an exercise in profit, charity is alturism, which is why he would be praised.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 431.

    Why? Who really wants to go onboard a ship that evokes memories of one that sank with huge loss of life? What a silly gimmick. If making an ocean liner is so important to someone (not to me) why not make something that is entirely modern (even in appearance)?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 430.

    Note to designers: More lifeboats!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 429.

    @ 82.grondogbluebird:
    "Billionaires playtoy?I disagree. I also don't think this disrespectful or done in bad taste. In fact I'm sure it will be a fitting tribute to the tragedy and will ensure that people remember it for a long time."

    Agree No ship, plane or train with that name; it's to jettison the stigma. After all, names like Adolf, Napoleon, Benito, Osama, and Caesar are still in use.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 428.

    What else does he have to spend his money on? There isn't much that's beyond his grasp. To all those who believe this is some kind of philanthropic gesture; yes there will be jobs but this is nevertheless simply a vanity project and another reflection of the dark ages of selfishness, greed and excess we now live in. Roll on the end of the new Weimar Republic.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 427.

    somehow, i cant thing it will be quite the same if the maiden voyage involves someone getting drawn naked and getting... intimate.. in someones car in the cargo hold

    James Cameron has alot to answer for!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 426.

    "51.neonisoff
    My grandfather helped build the original.
    Her may have been happy to have see its replacement built in Belfast, the Tyne or the Wear; but China? What has that to do with our heritage?"

    Why everyone thinks it should have anything whatsoever to do with the UK is beyond me. We have motorways, they originated in Germany. Why don't we have German workers building our roads?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 425.

    "338.
    Rebecca Riot
    1 Hour ago

    Just a load of big ego and boasting. You can tell by the size of the fellow"

    Posted by the anonymous "Rebecca Riot" from behind her computer screen. Awesome.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 424.

    "Of course it will sink if you put a hole in it,'' oh that just made my day. I think it's a great idea, and I'm amazed no enterprising soul has thought to do it before. I would like to see it doing the replica route, and without an awful cabaret turn or casino in sight.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 423.

    There's always going to be people that love and hate an idea like this...interesting that it's been announced so time appropriately - he's got good PR. Let's just hope enough lifeboats are made this time!!

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    Comment number 422.

    420. blame labour and the unions for making us uncomeptative on the world stage. without an international agreement, any minimum wage is effectively the same as market-fixing (which is illegal for good reason) in reverse. they really know how to shoot themselves in the foot.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 421.

    He is not planning this a tribute, there is nothing sentimental/nostalgic about it from his end, he wants to build fleet of luxury liners as part of his tourism enterprise. As per usual it’s only the envious numpties on here that read something else into it without actually having read the article.

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    Comment number 420.

    Would it not be more fitting to the legacy and tribute of the original to build the ship in Belfast on irish soil instead of China?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 419.

    Chinese built, by an Australian for an American market... How exactly will that be Titanic Two?

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    Comment number 418.

    I think this is a lovely idea and if i was insanely rich, i would build it myself. Just a shame its not being built at H&W, which would have been more fitting for past and present. That is where Titanics roots lie, but as others have said, it would have cost way more to build. But good luck to Mr Palmer for taking this on and i look forward to seeing the replica when finally finished.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 417.

    Duh

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    Comment number 416.

    Will it have the right number of life boats this time?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 415.

    "I think this is a wonderful idea provided it is done in good taste and pays tribute to those who were lost when Titanic sunk. There will be jobs on board available, it will reinvigorate the cruise market and shake up the bigger companies who seem to assume they own the market."

    When The Titanic sunk what? I thought the iceberg sunk The Titanic, or do you mean when The Titanic sank?

 

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