[QODLink]
Asia-Pacific
Australian billionaire to build Titanic II
Mining magnate promises full-scale "unsinkable" sequel to world-famous ocean liner.
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2012 12:25
Titanic II will go along same route as original ship from England to North America [AFP]

A billionaire in Australia has announced plans to build an "unsinkable" version of the Titanic, 100 years after the original ship sank after hitting an iceberg.

The Titanic II, announced on Monday, is expected to retrace the steps of its predecessor with a maiden voyage from England to North America in late 2016.

"It is going to be designed so it won't sink", Clive Palmer, a mining and tourism tycoon told reporters.

"It will be designed as a modern ship with all the technology to ensure that doesn't happen."

The original Titanic, then the largest ocean liner in the world, collided with an iceberg on April 15, 1912, leaving a 200 foot gash that exposed the luxury liner's engineering shortcomings - among them, watertight bulkheads that did not span to the top of the ship.

The collision led to the deaths of 1,517 of the 2,202 documented crew and passengers on board the 46,000 tonne vessel.

Palmer said his new shipping company, Blue Star Line Pty Limited, had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese state-owned company CSC Jinling Shipyard to build Titanic II.

The original ship was operated by the White Star Line.

The design work has started for the sequel toTitanic, which will have the same dimensions as its 19.7 metre high predecessor, complete with 840 rooms and nine decks.

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lacking cohesive local ground forces to attack in tandem, coalition air strikes will have limited effect, experts say.
Hindu right-wing groups run campaign against what they say is Muslim conspiracy to convert Hindu girls into Islam.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
Muslim caretakers maintain three synagogues in eastern Indian city, which was once home to a thriving Jewish community.
Amid fresh ISIL gains, officials in Anbar province have urged the Iraqi government to request foreign ground troops.