Shanghai: The construction of a Titanic replica could begin this year after the billionaire behind the project said an engineering company had been hired to carry out a feasibility study.
Australian mining billionaire Clive Palmer’s Blue Star Line announced that Finland's Deltamarin will undertake a full review of the Titanic II project to ensure the vessel will be compliant with all current safety and construction regulations, as well as meeting the design criteria laid down by Blue Star Line.
The work carried out by Deltamarin will enable China's CSC Jinling Shipyard to begin construction in time for the projected 2016 launch of the vessel.
"More than 20,000 people have registered on Blue Star Line's website expressing an interest in receiving regular updates from us or requesting information on how to secure bookings for Titanic II's maiden voyage," Palmer said. [20/06/12]