By Peter Shadbolt, CNN
An Australian mining magnate has commissioned a Chinese shipyard to build a replica of the ill-fated Titanic, complete in every detail but equipped with modern technology to prevent a repeat of the original's fateful maiden voyage 100 years ago.
Clive Palmer, a Queensland mining billionaire with strong links to China, told Australian media that he had signed a memorandum of understanding with CSC Jinling Shipyard to build the ship.
He said construction of the luxury cruise ship would begin next year and the ship would be ready to sail in 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," he said in a statement.
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The new vessel is due to make its maiden voyage from London to New York in late 2016. The cost of the construction of the new vessel has not been revealed, a spokesman for Palmer told Australian media.
"Of course, it will sink if you put a hole in it," Palmer said at a press conference. "It is going to be designed so it won't sink. But, of course, if you are superstitious like you are, you never know what could happen."
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In warm waters, yes.
I would sail in it if it had the appropriate amount of lifeboats. And not on the maiden voyage.
Yeah I would. I actually already started saving for cruise soon as I heard the news, it's gonna be pricey.
Let the legend rest in peace!
I would hope they don't duplicate steerage accommodations. Who would want to live a room as big as a boom closet and no bathrooms?
Can't believe this will happen. If he built it, though, a lot of people will want to see it. He could probably make his money back just charging people to go on-board like a living museum.
It does seem kinda cool, but the Aussie who built the thing has far too many ties to China for my taste.
I agree – he should have it built in the original yard in Ireland – where it all began – building it China kinda takes the glamour out of it
A trip on this ship would the best ever. Live Rose and Jake will be the best thing ever!!!!
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