Clive Palmer's Titanic II project is due to sail in 2018

Polarising yet controversial Queensland businessman Clive Palmer appears more determined than ever to see his ambitious ‘Titanic II‘ project come to life after renderings were today released showing the world what conditions will be like on the replica cruise liner.

Originally announced in 2012 soon after the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the famous liner, the project has appeared to have gone the way of its predecessor – sunk – on multiple occasions. These have been a result of financial, design and labour disputes between Blue Star Line, the company set up by Palmer to oversee the construction of the ship, and China’s CSC Jinling Shipyard in Nanjing. However, no official confirmation of the project’s abandonment has ever been published, each time periodically roaring back into life.

Titanic II was due to be completed this year, with its maiden voyage originally set to be a recreation of the ill-fated journey between Southampton and New York. However, the ship will instead leave its Chinese shipyard in 2018 and head to Dubai where a number of investors have identified the ship as ideal for a range of projects. If or when it happens, it will undoubtedly be a publicity circus for Blue Star Line and the enigmatic Palmer himself.

While accommodations, facilities and class standards will aim to be as true to that of the original Titanic, the ship will meet modern maritime regulations and navigation requirements including satellite controls, emergency evacuation procedures and digital radar systems. It will be four metres wider than the original, with the hull welded and not riveted. It will carry 2,400 passengers across 800 cabins, served by 900 crew.

Have a look onboard through the Blue Star Line gallery of renderings. To quote a famous phrase from the 1997 movie…”Are you ready to go back to Titanic?”