The Australian billionaire and aspiring politician, Clive Palmer, has drawn up plans to build an ‘unsinkable’ Titanic II.
The ship is to be built by 2016 and will as close to the original ship with regards to design, engineering and having the latest technology. Mr Palmer has contracted out the CSC Jinling Shipyard in China to build the ship.
Her maiden voyage will also pay homage to the original ill-fated ship, Titanic, by sailing from England to North America.
“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,” Palmer said in a statement.
“Titanic II will sail in the northern hemisphere and her maiden voyage from England to North America is scheduled for late 2016.”
The news about the building of Titanic II come just after the 100th anniversary of Titanic, which sank after hitting an iceberg on-route to New York from Southampton on 15 April 1912, leaving 1,517 of the 2,202 documented crew and passengers on board the 46,000 tonne vessel.