Signing a big deal as Clive's big boat a step closer
THE dream plans of Clive Palmer (pictured) to rebuild the Titanic are one step closer to fruition with the announcement his shipping company, Blue Star Line Pty Ltd, has signed a contract with Deltamarin for the project development phase.
Blue Star Line will build Titanic II, a replica of the original RMS Titanic, which is scheduled to sail from Southampton to New York on her maiden passenger voyage in 2016.
Titanic II, a full-scale version of the original ship, is being designed by the Finland-based Deltamarin and will be built by leading Chinese shipbuilders CSC Jinling Shipyard.
Professor Palmer said the new contract with Deltamarin, which was signed this month, will cover a detailed schedule of events including the start of construction and laying of the keel.
"Deltamarin will be responsible for co-ordinating the various parties involved in the project including the shipyard, architects, interior designers and operations managers," he said.
Palmer Coolum Resort general manager Bill Scoch said Mr Palmer was excited at the prospect of realising his dream of rebuilding the famous icon.