The good news for Australian billionaire, Clive Palmer, is that global warming should have significantly reduced the number of icebergs in the Atlantic Ocean over the past 100 years. In late 2016, the mining magnate is planning to set sail a replica of the ocean giant, RMS Titanic. Let’s collectively hope that this sister ship doesn’t become the second largest peaceful maritime disaster in history.
Mr. Palmer announced Monday that he would build an effigy to the ghost ship RMS Titanic that will travel the same route, from England to New York, as a tribute to the men and women who lost their lives on that catastrophic April evening just 100 years ago. Mr. Palmer’s reincarnation of the vessel aims to be comparable to the original ocean giant in specifications and design, but overhauled with cutting-edge technology.
"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," Palmer said in a statement.
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The RMS Titanic descended into the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912 dragging 1,514 people with it. It is one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. The announcement comes just weeks after the 100th anniversary of the calamitous event.
"Of course it will sink if you put a hole in it," Mr. Palmer said in response to questions from reporters on whether the Titanic replica would sink. "It is going to be designed so that it won't sink," he added.
Mr. Palmer amassed his fortune in real estate and mining on Australia’s Gold Coast. He owns the mining company Mineralogy, which has long had major business dealings with Chinese companies. The mining magnate has reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding with state-owned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard to build the Titanic II.