Date: 05-01-12 19:02
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-30/titanic-ii-to-be-built-by-billionaire-palmer-chinese-yard.html An April 30, 2012 article titled "Titanic II Planned by Billionaire Palmer in Chinese Yard" found at the Bloomberg News web site.
Snippets from the article:
Australian mining billionaire Clive Palmer plans to build a 21st-century replica of the Titanic and sail it from England to New York accompanied by the Chinese navy by the end of 2016.
“It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic, but of course it will have state-of-the-art 21st century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems,” Palmer said, along with gymnasiums and swimming pools.
The move into the cruise-ship industry, one of the few areas of heavy manufacturing still dominated by European companies, would be a challenge for a Chinese company, said Hur Sung Duck, an analyst at HI Investment & Securities Co. inSeoul.
“That’s a huge jump for a country that builds mostly bulk ships” used for carrying coal, iron ore and grains, Hur said.“I seriously find it difficult to believe it can be built by that time.”
“The Chinese ship-building industry with our assistance wants to be a major player in this market,” Palmer said in the statement.
The ship would sail under his company, to be name Blue Star Line in reference to the Titanic’s owner. China’s navy would be invited “to escort Titanic II on its maiden voyage to New York,” Palmer said.
The Chinese are already the world's largest ship builders. Though, at the moment, it's mainly cargo ships.
Sure would be something to see. The Chinese navy escorting the Titanic II into New York Harbor. ;-)
P.S. And I bet you all thought it was going to be about a sequel to the Leonardo DiCaprio mega-hit. ;-0