What Ever Happened to the Titanic II? No one seems to know or is at least not saying.
The Blue Star Line, Clive Palmer’s ‘Titanic II’ company has not updated their web site since September 2013.
However, much behind the scenes work has taken place.
Respected Marine architects, ‘Deltamarin’ have been busy designing the ship. Their first contract with Blue Star Line covered a full review of the 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. Later Palmer appointed Deltamarin to be responsible for coordinating the various parties involved in the project including the shipyard, architects, interior designers and operations managers.
Water-tank model tests were coordinated by Deltamarin , along with the hull form design with the optimisation of the propulsion arrangement . The original Titanic hull form characteristics above the waterline were followed, but the lower part was designed for high fuel efficiency and good sea-keeping capabilities.
Originally Palmer said that Titanic II’s the Maiden Voyage from Southampton to New York would be in 2016. However a shipyard has not yet been commissioned, so no steel has yet been cut. That is a deadline that cannot now be met.
Earlier this year Titanic II marketing director James McDonald said they were “looking to have the keel laid in the third quarter of this year”. That is another deadline that has not been met.
Deltamarin’s latest statement says: “Deltamarin’s current commission has been finalised. Blue Star Line will inform in due course about the eventual continuation of the project.”
I’m not sure what that means? Has the design work been finished and the ship is ready to be built or has the project stalled and is unlikely to ever happen?
I have no idea!