Deltamarin’s Markku Kanerva, Director of Sales, Answers Titanic II Questions
Deltamarin are responsible for coordinating the various parties involved in Clive Palmer’s the Titanic II project including the shipyard, architects, interior designers and operations managers. Deltamarin are undertaking a full review of the project to ensure the vessel will be compliant with all current safety and construction regulations.
I asked Markku a number of questions:
Q: What are the most demanding aspects of the Titanic II project?
A: The most demanding challenge of this project is development of the arrangement with three different passenger classes combined with modern safety requirements.
Q: Given that the Titanic II will be quite a small ship by modern standards, why did you choose pods?
A: Triple propeller arrangement is as per original Titanic. Pods are more efficient and enable improved manoeuvrability in comparison to triple shaft arrangement with rudders
Q: Will the ship really have steerage cabins without private bathrooms shared by multiple passengers.
(3rd Class cabin – recreation)
A: This is still under discussion.
Q: Will Titanic II have a bulbous bow or not?
A: Extensive computer fluid dynamic simulations have been carried out for different versions of the bow and bulbous bow. Minimum bulb seems to be most efficient, just a reminder Titanic II like the original Titanic is very slender in hull shape thus a big bulb is not necessarily optimum.
Q: Will the Titanic 2 have the registration with Liverpool likewise with the original giving the titanic 2 the RMS naming instead of SS titanic 2 for authenticity
A: This is Owner’s decision.
Q: I have heard rumors that the safety deck lifeboats will now be covered on Titanic II, is this true?
A: We are considering of covering the life boats on the safety deck for two main reasons: Authenticity and safety of the boats in heavy seas in North Atlantic. No final decision has been made yet.
Q: Have the tank tests revealed anything inserting or surprising?
(Blue Star Line)
A: Performance was a bit better than estimated confirming the propulsion machinery size. Some small adjustments will be made in the aft ship hull shape to further improve the performance.
Q: How is the project progressing? When will building commence?
A: Development of a passenger ship Newbuilding project takes time. We have just finished the draft documentation for building contract together with all necessary supporting studies and calculation including successful model tests. This documentation will be discussed within the design team (Architect Tillberg, VShips, Lloyds and other relevant parties) and when finalised will be delivered for final yard tendering. Shipbuilding contract can be signed after final pricing and terms and conditions are agreed upon. But as this depends on the yard(s) and BSL we are not in a position to say exactly when that will happen. But certainly it will take some months.