An Australian billionaire, Clive Palmer, who announced last month that he is building a replica of the Titanic to set sail in 2016, has recently released new details of the ship, Titanic II. He said that the vessel will have a new safety deck featuring proper lifeboats and safety slides and chutes.
The deck will also have new public rooms. Palmer told ABC news that the top decks of the ship will contain stairs, cabins and public rooms very similar to the elements and locations of the original but the new safety deck will offer different spaces not found on the original.
Plans by the Finnish-based design and engineering company, Deltamarin feature a service elevator, escape stairs and one deck has been redesigned to accommodate crew, laundry and machinery.
Palmer noted that the ship would also have a casino but said there would be a screening process. He told The Australian Associated Press, "There will be some sort of screening to make sure people who do go there can afford to."
Just a few weeks after The Titanic's 100th anniversary of sinking ship, Palmer announced that he would create a replica called Titanic II. He said in a statement, "It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic, but ... will have state-of-the-art 21st-century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems."
Palmer, who has amassed his fortune on real estate on Australia's Gold Coast tourist area first, before turning to coal and becoming a mining magnate, was reported as Australia's 5TH richest person last year in BRW magazine. He made more than $5.2 billion last year alone.The billionare, who has not provided a cost estimate, has established a new shipping company called Blue Star Line Pty. Ltd and said that design work has been initialized with assistance from a historical research team.
Rather than rivets below the water line, Palmer and his team also plan to have a bulbous bow for better fuel efficiency and a bow thrusters and a large rudder for maneuverability. Palmer stated that the Titanic II will be able to carry around 1,680 passengers.