Lonely Planet Writer

Titanic II will sail within three years says billionaire

The Titanic will sail again! An Australian tycoon, Clive Palmer, has revealed that his plan to put Titanic II to sea is now back on course.

A new Titanic, slightly wider than the original built in Belfast, will be ready to sail by 2018 says its billionaire backer
A new Titanic, slightly wider than the original built in Belfast, will be ready to sail by 2018 says its billionaire backer. Image by Cliff / CC BY 2.0

The Belfast Telegraph reports that it had been feared the billionaire’s dream of building a vessel  had run aground.

However, a spokesman said the project had never been scrapped, only delayed, and the ship would launch in three years time, albeit 24 months later than planned.

The new vessel will be almost identical to the original that was built in Belfast and perished in April, 1912 on its maiden voyage after colliding with an iceberg in the Atlantic.

To meet modern maritime safety regulations though, the new ship will be four metres wider while the hull area will be welded and not riveted.

The mark two version will also be fitted with modern equipment, including satellite controls, radar system, digital navigation and latest evacuation procedures.

The new version of the Titanic will weigh 40,000 tonnes and will have a length of 270 metres and width of 53 metres.

Its nine storey levels will contain 840 cabins where some 2400 passengers and 900 crew will be accommodated.

Its leisure facilities include swimming pools, Turkish baths and gymnasiums.

The maiden voyage of the new vessel will not be from Southampton to New York but Jiangsu in China to Dubai in the UAE.

A spokesman for the people behind the move said they had been inundated with calls from potential travellers but there has also been criticism from relatives of passengers who died in the original ship. They have described the building of a new Titanic as “insensitive.”