Many readers will have seen reports during the last 18 months of the intention of a Professor Clive Palmer, to build and launch Titanic II. On April 30, 2012, (no, not the 1st April). Mr Palmer announced to the world his intention 100 years after the original vessel last sailed. If the news item passed you by these were the salient facts.
The original RMS Titanic was commissioned by White Star Line and was the largest liner in the world at the time at just under 270m long, 53m high and weighing approximately 40,000 tonnes. Mr Palmer said his Titanic II would have similar dimensions as its predecessor, with 840 rooms and nine decks. The only changes to the original Titanic would be below the water line including welding and not riveting, a bulbous bow for greater fuel efficiency, diesel generation and enlarged rudder and bow thrusters for increased manoeuvrability.
While many cruise industry press may have been highly sceptical of Mr Palmer’s intentions it must be said that he has, almost tantalisingly drip fed the media and the public with various updates on his progress.
On May 7th he announced the appointment of V.Ships Leisure as the official ship management services partner for The Blue Star Line’s Titanic II project. V.Ships Leisure is the world’s largest supplier of management and outsourcing services to the maritime leisure industry. It is the passenger shipping arm of V.Ships, the world’s leading provider of third-party ship management and related services.
On May 28th Blue Star Line Pty Ltd, Clive Palmer’s company related to the project, announced the shipping company had engaged Tillberg Design of Sweden to provide architectural and design services for the interior of the Titanic II project.
Then on the 17th July Mr Palmer announced the appointment of Lloyd’s Register to review the design and safety features for Blue Star Line’s Titanic II project. Lloyd’s Register had more than 250 years’ experience with passenger ships and would review key design drawings, calculations and studies for Titanic II.
Finally in August this year Blue Star Line through Chairman Clive Palmer, announced Blue Star in conjunction with the German hydrodynamic service and consulting company Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA) will be conducting the first model testing of the proposed Titanic II.
Is this activity, all linked to highly prestigious companies and organisations within the maritime sector, for real, as the phrase goes…. or is all concealing some other explanation soon to be revealed?
More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - December 2013 Issue
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