CNN is reporting that the long-delayed project to launch a full-size replica of the ill-fated RMS Titanic may be completed sooner than many people expect.
According to the network, Australian businessman and politician Clive Palmer, who is behind the controversial initiative, has confirmed that work on the ship had recommenced, and this comes after a financial dispute with the Chinese government which caused the project to be paused in 2015.
The idea for the ship to set sail was previously set for 2012. But the new ship, an identical copy of the infamous liner which sank in 1912 following a collision with an iceberg, is under works.
The Titanic II will apparently be outfitted with plenty of lifeboats and a welded hull, plus modern navigation and radar equipment.
“The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York, but she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivaled attention, intrigue and mystery in every port she visits,” said Clive Palmer in a statement.
The maiden voyage set for 2022 will take passengers from Dubai to New York.
See the sketch below.