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

    Comment number 594.

    All that superstitious mumbo jumbo about the name Titanic. It's time someone dispelled that myth. It's only a name. Basically, he's building a whole new ship, but with an old name.

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    Comment number 593.

    Chinese built Titanic ?? Quality ??

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    Comment number 592.

    To clarify my earlier comment. The bulk of passengers on Titanic travelled "steerage" & had limited deck access or amenities. This would not be acceptable today. Modern cruise ships have much larger amounts of deck space, with balconies for most passengers (not just a tiny minority).

    Titanic was a liner (i.e. a long range Ferry!) not a cruise ship, & thus obsolete today due to air travel.

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    Comment number 591.

    Sick joke?
    Clearly this is more a tribute to Clive Palmer's ego and business interests than anything else. Insensitive to the nation and people who built the Titanic. A disgrace to the people who died on the Titanic. A slap in the face to Western culture.
    The Chinese, may love it though, like a Disneyland ride.
    But how many Westerners would want to book a cruise on a Chinese made Titanic?

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    Comment number 590.

    They already rebuilt the Titanic in the 90's. It was used in the film of the same name. And no one say it was just a filmset - I know where it is moored! It's in a secret location in the middle of the Atlantic and they filmed the recent series on there too!

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    Comment number 589.

    "I love to think that there will be ways in which people can travel gracefully as in days of old..."

    Take a trip on the orient express, very nice day trip if you get the chance. That is something I think is sometimes missed, it need not be exclusive if people are willing to save for a trip - even if it is just a once in a life time thing for the experience.

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    Comment number 588.

    Although sad this wont be built in Belfast, I see nothing morbid about the idea at all. (@575...he is, read the article.) But you don't get to be a billionaire by spending more than you need to. "Hull-Bolts"? you mean rivets? Nothing wrong with the originals, they did not shear, the steel plates were ripped.
    At least it wont resemble a livestock carrier like current cruise ships.

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    Comment number 587.


    Perhaps they'll do half-way tickets...

  • rate this

    Comment number 586.

    I will go on it if leonardo got a ticket, hes handy to have around.

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    Comment number 585.

    I love to think that there will be ways in which people can travel gracefully as in days of, if only I could afford a ticket!!! Hopefully, Titanic number 2 will traverse the world and give the name a new breath of life!

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    Comment number 584.

    I think it's tempting fate. You wouldn't get me on this ship. The name 'Titanic' will always be synonymous with the loss of 1517 lives, so why can't she be allowed to rest in peace?

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    Comment number 583.

    Titanic and her sisters had a beautifully classic design for ocean liners,and although there will have to be some important changes below the waterline,I hope they manage to maintain the visual character of the original ship - though it looks like the interior may just end up being the same as any modern cruise liner in large part

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    Comment number 582.

    Very good choice is hiring the Chinese to duplicate something. Considering how magnificently similar all of the Chinese Counterfeit Electronics and Luxury Goods are; this vessel should do quite a nice job at transporting passengers back to 1912.

  • rate this

    Comment number 581.

    When are we going to get the Costa Concordia 2.0?

  • rate this

    Comment number 580.

    The Beautiful South said it all years ago in the lyrics to 'Little Blue' - You don't name your boat Titanic two.

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    Comment number 579.


    "If he really wanted a fitting tribute to the Titanic, wouldn't it be better to invest that money at the Harland and Wolff Belfast docks, where a ship building project would benefit the descendants of the original ship builders... instead of getting it built on the cheap by a state owned Chinese shipyard?"

    Harland and Wolff don't make ships anymore, that's why. They refit them.

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    Comment number 578.

    If he wants to call his new ship Titanic II that's up to him. I neither approve nor disapprove. I've found the hype 100 years after the sinking of Titanic (I) completely nauseating and grossly out of proportion.

    What I find far worse is spending ANY public funds restoring the Cutty Sark, bringing up the Tudor Rose and other such vain and pointless projects

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    Comment number 577.

    Biggest Titanic fanboy ever. That''s all I need to say.

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    Comment number 576.

    Calm down dear. Do you drive? Thousands of people are killed in car accidents. We still drive cars, travel in trains, on the tube, in planes. Do you have any relatives that died on the Titanic? Do you know any survivors that might be upset by this? If not, it's ll a bit hypocritical, init.

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    Comment number 575.

    I can't help feeling that this is in bad taste. No other ship has been named Titanic for a reason.

    If I were him i would be thinking about building an entirely new ship.


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