One of Australia’s richest men, Clive Palmer, on Monday unveiled plans for an “unsinkable” version of the Titanic to be built in China, with its first voyage from England to New York set for 2016.
The mining billionaire has commissioned a state-owned Chinese company to construct Titanic 2 with the same dimensions as its predecessor.
“It is going to be designed so it won't sink. It will be designed as a modern ship with all the technology to ensure that doesn't happen,” Palmer said.
“Titanic 2 will sail in the northern hemisphere... We have invited the Chinese navy to escort Titanic 2 on its maiden voyage to New York.”
The announcement comes just weeks after the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic, which went down on April 15, 1912 after striking an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.
Palmer said the new ship would be a tribute to the spirit of the men and women who worked on the original.
Titanic was commissioned by White Star Line and was the largest liner in the world at the time.
The design work has already begun for the new Titanic, which will have the same dimension as its old version with 840 rooms and nine decks.