Replica Titanic

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Readers may recall that Clive Palmer’s (the Australian mineral billionaire) ‘Titanic II’ project.

Palmer’s pipe-dream was to build a replica Titanic: a real working-ship, but it sank without trace a few years ago now.  Palmer did spend quite a lot of money on research and the initial design concept, but he appeared to lose interest, when he experienced some financial troubles.

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Clive Palmer

Then in 2017 there was another replica-Titanic project, but this time it was for the Romandisea Tourism Resort in Sichuan Province, China. However this was never going to be a real ship. It was to be a hotel/tourist attraction, within a theme park.

Although construction work progressed steadily throughout 2017, there have been no updates or construction images, for most of this year, 2018. Two-thirds of the replica ship still remains unfinished. Completion deadlines have been missed.

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(Courtesy of Romandisea Titanic)

Unofficial reports note that steel is now twice as expensive as it was last year. It has been said that the workers have either quit or have yet to show up – dormitories are largely empty and cranes dotting the site are frozen in time. It has been said that only a few people are working on the ship. It has been rumoured that Romandisea does not  have money to even pay their salaries.

I cannot confirm that these statements as true, but it does appear from the lack of media updates, that construction has virtually ceased.

Maybe this replica Titanic has also hit an iceberg, like Clive’s, of the financial variety?

Maybe from a point of view of good-taste and respect for the hundreds of passengers that lost their lives, the ill-fated vessel should just be left alone?

Malcolm

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