Flurry of interest after Clive Palmer recommits to outlandish venture but company admits it has yet to contract ship builders
If the Titanic was the ship that was meant to be unsinkable, the Titanic II is the idea that seems to be un-killable.
Six years after Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer declared he was going to build a replica of the Titanic, and three years after he had to suspend work on the project due to money troubles, Palmer has announced that work on the project will start up again.
Building the boat – which will have the same interiors and cabin layout as the original vessel, complete with ballroom and Turkish baths, with reports passengers will be given period costumes to wear – has been a long-held dream of Palmer, an Australian businessman and conservative politician.
There has been a flurry of interest in the project after Palmer said last week that Blue Star Line headquarters would be moved from London to Paris due to Brexit.
Last month he announced that building would restart and said that when ready the ship would follow the original planned route of the first Titanic.
“The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York, but she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivalled attention, intrigue and mystery in every port she visits,” he said.
“Millions have dreamt of sailing on her, seeing her in port and experiencing her unique majesty. Titanic II will be the ship where those dreams come true.”
However, there are signs that those who subscribe to the Titanic II fantasy should not hold their breath.
The project was first announced in 2012 but has faced years of delays, with work suspended in 2015 after a payment dispute between one of Palmer’s companies and Chinese company Citic starved the project of funds. Read more
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