It’s been announced that the plans for the Titanic II, a new luxury cruise ship modelled on the original design but with more safety modifications and other contemporary touches, has reached the next stage of production, strengthening the view that the plans will come to fruition and the ship will launch.
Clive Palmer, politician and businessman in Australia, has announced that the design for the ship has undergone model testing by the consulting group the Hamburg Ship Model Basin (the HSVA). He has also said that the ship design was the 5000th test carried out by the group in their centenary year, stressing the importance of the event.
He said “The model testing by HSVA, including resistance and open water tests, is an important part of the process in the Titanic II project. The Titanic II model was tested by HSVA at speeds of up to 23 knots and this testing is crucial for assessing the speed and power performance of this prototype vessel design.
“Blue Star Line was represented at the tests by the World Project Director of Titanic II, Baljeet Singh. We look forward to receiving the results later this year.”
Dr Uwe Hollenbach, the HSVA Director of Resistance and Propulsion, said “In honour of Titanic II and Blue Star Line, we also held a naming ceremony and launched the model on a traditional slipway. Titanic II is a prototype as present day passenger vessels have a completely different type of main hull parameters and therefore are unsuitable as references. The speed and power performance model testing is one of the critical aspects for a prototype vessel and needs to be verified before a construction contract is completed.”
It’s a big step forward for the building of the ship, which despite some people doubting looks like it will definitely be happening. So what do you think – will you book a cruise on the Titanic II?
By Ian Lewis