Clive Palmer wants to build Titanic III and IV

1 September 2012

In an interview with the BBC, billionaire Clive Palmer says a Titanic III and Titanic IV may follow the launch of the Titanic II in 2016.

Since the original tragically sank over 100 years ago, plans have been made and ultimately shelved to re-create the legend that was the RMS Titanic. Australian billionaire Clive Palmer is the latest to undertake the task – and if everything goes according to plan, more than one replica of the ill-fated ocean liner may be built within the next decade.



Clive Palmer takes a step closer to Titanic II

20 June 2012

Titanic in construction, 1911

Blue Star Line Chairman, Professor Clive Palmer, today announced one of the world’s leading ship design and marine engineering companies has been commissioned to assist with the Titanic II project.

Finnish-based Deltamarin, which has offices worldwide, will undertake a full review of the Titanic II project to ensure the vessel will be compliant with all current safety and construction regulations, as well as meeting the design criteria laid down by Blue Star Line.

The work carried out by Deltamarin will enable China’s CSC Jinling Shipyard to begin construction of the passenger liner.

Professor Palmer said Blue Star Line had been overwhelmed by the international response to the Titanic II project, which was announced in April this year.

“More than 20,000 people have registered on Blue Star Line’s website expressing an interest in receiving regular updates from us or requesting information on how to secure bookings for Titanic II’s maiden voyage,” Professor Palmer stated.

He reaffirmed the 2016 launch date for the ship and the intention for Titanic II to sail from China to England before her maiden passenger voyage retracing its original journey.

“Titanic II will be a regular feature on the transatlantic route between the UK and USA,” Professor Palmer said.

“This magnificent vessel is being constructed in memory of the heroic people who served on the first ship, as well as the passengers who sadly shared their fate.

“We also want to recognise the artists and artisans whose skill, creativity and dexterity has never been fully recognised because of the ship’s limited service.”

On April 30, 2012, Professor Palmer announced to the world his intention to build and launch Titanic II in conjunction with leading Chinese shipbuilders, CSC Jinling Shipyard.

The announcement came 100 years after the original vessel last sailed.

Professor Palmer said Titanic II would have the same dimensions as its predecessor, with 840 rooms and nine decks. The main changes to the original Titanic would be below the water line including welding, a bulbous bow for greater fuel efficiency, diesel generation and bow thrusters for increased manoeuvrability.

Deltamarin specialise in consulting, design and engineering and project management from small concept development tasks and studies, to complete engineering packages in the marine field. They offer services to the marine and offshore industries worldwide.

They were founded in 1990 by a group of naval architects and engineers, some of whom still work for the company. More than 400 people are currently employed by the group worldwide.

Their major projects include ‘Oasis of the Seas’, a vast cruise vessel launched in 2009 that can carry over 5400 people. Also on Deltamarin’s impressive list of more than 5000 marine developments are ‘Celebrity Solstice’ and ‘Celebrity Equinox’, two of the most ground breaking cruise ship designs in operation today.

Clive’s ‘Titanic II’

30 April 2012

Titanic in February 1912

Australian billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer has unveiled plans to build a 21st-century Titanic — the Titanic II — to be built in China.

Palmer, who also flagged ambitions to enter politics at the next Australian national elections, said his new company Blue Star Line had commissioned CSC Jinling Shipyard to build a near-replica of the ill-fated cruise ship, the Wall Street Journal reported.

“It is going to be designed so it won’t sink,” Palmer told reporters. “It will be designed as a modern ship with all the technology to ensure that doesn’t happen.”

The original Titanic, which struck an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912, was also marketed as unsinkable.

Palmer said the ship’s maiden voyage from England to North America had been scheduled for late 2016, the Brisbane Times reported.

Asked if the Titanic II could sink, Palmer said: “Of course it will sink if you put a hole in it.

However, he said: “It will be designed as a modern ship with all the technology to ensure that doesn’t happen.

“But, of course, if you are superstitious like you are, you never know what could happen.”

He said the ship, “every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic,” was a tribute to the spirit of the men and women who constructed the original Titanic, in its day the world’s largest liner.

Update 30/4/2012!
Clive Palmer tells about his Titanic II. Video!


The dream that perished

27 April 2012

Replica Titanic poster in September 1998

Sarel Gous. A South-African millionaire that became famous with his new detailed plans of Titanic 2. Sarel Gous was someone who was involved with the Titanic movie, wanted to turn this dream into reality. From September 1998 to June 2000 he designed every piece of his new Titanic 2.

In July 2001 he had contact with Harland and Wolff to build Titanic 2, but soon years later the project was cancelled. Due the high costs, and no one supported Sarel Gous to rebuild Titanic. Did Sarel Gous reached his goal when he did built the Olympic? The answer: Yes.

More can be seen here. A very interesting poster about Titanic 2.

Titanic’s 100th Anniversary

14 April 2012

Today, 14 April 2012 around 11:40 pm it would be 100 years ago that Titanic collided with an iceberg, and sank in the night of 15 April 1912.

During Titanic’s sinking, the Olympic picked up her distress signal. But Olympic was too far away from her sinking sister, and it would take twelve hours before Olympic would reach her sinking sister. Carpathia was closer to Titanic’s sinking.. but Carpathia would also reach Titanic four hours later. Slowly Titanic breaks into two pieces, while the last piece of the stern vanish for ever beneath the waves of the cold North-Atlantic ocean.

Olympic III – Reconstruction in Torque [Day 2]

10 April 2012

Olympic III seen in Torque Constructor

The new Olympic III in Torque Constructor is nearly done. We’re planning to use this model for making commercials, and make them more realistic. The ship has a length of 290.5 meters, beam is 32 meters wide. But, you can’t really compare the size of Olympic III and Olympic II. They just look the same.

Today it is also the 100th Anniversary of Titanic, when she left Southampton. On the same time on 10 April 1912, the Olympic left New York for Southampton.

Olympic’s design will be rebuild in 3D

9 April 2012

Olympic in Torque Constructor

The new Olympic, that still has to come over a couple of years will be build in 3d.

More detailed views
The model will be based on Olympic’s III design, with GPS, satellite communications, navigation radar, weather radar, etc. Once the model is finished, hopefully for 14 April, we will release some shots of the new Olympic III.

Interior shots of Olympic III
For most of the people that really want to see some of the new interiors aboard Olympic, stay tuned. They will be made after the model of Olympic III is finished. You can see on the picture in the right the old Olympic how she looked like in her 1920’s style.

Olympic III information
Length: 290.5 m
Width: 34.2 m
Draught: 12.5 m
Tonnage: 80,000 GRT (not sure)
Capacity: 1,900 passengers
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph) (maximum)
Propulsion: Two 21.5 MW Rolls-Royce/Alstom “Mermaid” (not sure)

Kindest Regards,
Dennis Lamers