Sydney – Australian billionaire Clive Palmer on Tuesday said his modern-day version of the Titanic will retain the first, second and third-class divisions of the original and include a new “safety” deck. Releasing the preliminary plans and drawings for the Titanic II, which is to be built in China, mining tycoon Palmer said the massive vessel would have the original nine decks plus an additional safety deck.
“This is to ensure the vessel is fully compliant with the current regulations which require passenger ships to, as much as possible and practicable, keep the distance from the lifeboat launching area to the waterline as low as possible,” Palmer said in a statement said. It will also increase the passenger amenity area of the vessel.”
The new safety deck will feature proper lifeboats, safety chutes or slides as well as new common public rooms. Palmer said the upper decks would retain the public rooms, passenger stairs, cabins and other features in similar locations as on the original ship which sank on 15 April 1912 en route to New York after hitting an iceberg.