Australian businessman Clive Palmer has unveiled the blueprints of Titanic II, a replica of the doomed ocean liner that sank on 15 April 1912.
The new cruise ship is claimed to be as luxurious as the original Titanic, while it will feature modern technology and the latest navigation and safety systems.
Its design will be similar to the original and built with assistance from a historical research team.
Titanic II will have a weight of 55,800t, length of 883ft and feature 840 rooms on nine decks.
The vessel will have a gymnasium, baths, a squash court, swimming pool, theatre and casino, and will be able to carry about 2,435 passengers and 900 crew.
Titanic II will be powered by diesel engines and feature four smoke stacks similar to the coal-powered original Titanic vessel, but they will be for decorative purposes.
The new cruise ships will have welding rather than rivets, a bulbous bow to offer fuel efficiency and large rudder and bow thrusters for smooth operation.
China-based CSC Jinling Shipyard signed an agreement with Palmer in April 2012 to build the Titanic II.
Palmer’s Blue Star Line will operate the new vessel, the first of four luxury cruise ships the Australian businessman has ordered at Jinling Shipyard.
Construction is scheduled to start soon in China, with the new cruise ship scheduled to start its maiden voyage in late 2016 from Southampton, England, to New York, US, following the route of the original Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage.
More than 1,500 people died of the 2,200 on board on the Titanic’s 1912 maiden voyage after the ship collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic.
Image: Titanic II’s maiden voyage is scheduled to start in late 2016 from Southampton, England, to New York, US. Photo: courtesy of Blue Star Line.