Professor Clive Palmer will unveil the completed design and engineering plans for Titanic II at a gala black-tie dinner on December 4 marking the project’s global launch.
The vision and scope of Professor Palmer’s plan to build a modern version of the famous ship will be shared when today’s equivalent of the high-society passengers of a century ago meet over the same menu as Titanic passengers did on April 12, 1912.
Dignitaries including Presidents, Governors, Senators, Mayors and movie identities are being invited to take part in the global launch.
The dinner will be held aboard the retired aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, a national historic landmark moored in New York Harbour which is now home to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
Professor Palmer said his plan to build Titanic II and sail her from Southampton to New York on her maiden passenger voyage for his Blue Star Line Pty Ltd in late 2016 had generated worldwide interest.
“Since we announced our plan in April we’ve had a huge amount of interest, particularly from people wanting to know how they can secure a booking for the maiden voyage, along with commercial sponsors,” Professor Palmer said.
“We successfully staged a 13-course ‘Captain’s Atlantic Dinner’ last month in Australia featuring dishes from the original Titanic menus, so staging this marquee event in New York appealed to us as an excellent way to bring together people who are intrigued by the Titanic II concept, in order to share our vision behind it.”
Titanic II, a full scale version of the original ship, is being designed by the Finnish-based Deltamarin ship design and marine engineering company and will be built by leading Chinese shipbuilders CSC Jinling Shipyard, which since 1996 has built vessels for customers from more than 20 countries.
While every bit as luxurious as the original, Titanic II will have every modern amenity along with 21st century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems.
Charity auctions will be held at the dinner in New York with proceeds going to answerthecall.org (New York Police and Fire-Fighters widowers and children’s benefit funds)