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Australian billionaire Clive Palmer planning Titanic II with safety deck


July 17, 2012 - Sydney

Australian billionaire and Queensland mining tycoon Clive Palmer is planning to build a modern version of the Titanic. The Replica Titanic aka Titanic II will be built in China and will be having the first, second and third divisions in tact as in the original along with a new safety deck.

Releasing the preliminary plans and drawings of the Titanic II, Palmer said that the original nine decks are kept as in the original plus and additional safety deck was added. The additional safety deck was necessitated to comply with regulations and to keep the lifeboat launching area as close to the water level as possible.

Amongst the additions to the old Titanic are the lifeboats, safety chutes or slides and the new common public rooms. Escape stairs and service elevators are also added. One deck has been re-designed to provide crew accommodation, laundry and machinery. The ship design and engineering was done by a Finnish company Deltamarin. The Titanic II will feature a restricted casino, such as a ban on pensioner gambling.

If everything goes as planned, Titanic II will start from China to England in 2016 and start its maiden passenger journey to North America.

The passenger liner, which will be close to 270 metres long (885 feet), will have an estimated gross tonnage of 65,000 tonnes.

Blue Star Line, the shipping company of Palmer is overlooking the project and the final project plans are due for the Board approval. Chinese shipbuilders CSC Jinling Shipyard would begin their work shortly. An MoU for building the Titanic replica was signed recently. Palmer ruled out any partners or co-owners in the project and that it will be just for him 'to go for a little sail around the world in'.

Only recently, researchers are able to created the first comprehensive map of the Titanic wreck site by piecing together some 130,000 photos taken by underwater robots in the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean. The luxury liner hit an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912, killing more than 1,500 of the 2,200 passengers and crew on board. Scientists say disasters such as the Titanic 'may not happen again' which experts say has happened because of maths and physics.

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