After indications last October that Australian magnate Clive Palmer intended to begin reviving his project to build a Titanic replica cruise ship, Finnish naval architect Deltamarin has announced that its further involvement in the Titanic II project is confirmed.
An announcement by Deltamarin revealed that Blue Star Line, the company formed and chaired by Palmer to build the vessel, has contracted the company to continue with the design of Titanic II. The contract covers activities and tasks for the design process, consultancy and project management services.
Deltamarin will provide Blue Star Line with outline design services including finalising and modifying the existing design to comply with the latest rules and regulations. These include the SOLAS 2020 requirements and the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI). Deltamarin will also further develop the design together with the selected yard and Blue Star Line, and handle the management of consultations with potential shipyards.
Palmer said Deltamarin was the perfect choice for the Titanic II project. “We are delighted that Deltamarin - one of the world’s leading ship design companies – will once again be working on Titanic II. Deltamarin was one of the first global companies to come aboard when Titanic II was originally launched in 2012 and we are looking forward to continuing our excellent relationship.”
Kristian Knaapi, Head of Sales and Marketing at Deltamarin said the project team members were excited to continue executing Deltamarin’s core business on Titanic II. “We look forward to developing the highest level of design for a challenging project. It is a great honour to be part of the history in supporting Blue Star Line in this one-of-a-kind project, the Titanic II,” Mr Knaapi said.
The Titanic II project was first announced in 2012, the centenary of the tragic loss of the original Titanic, and in the same year Deltamarin was appointed to design the vessel and an MoU signed with Chinese builder CSC Jingling. Tank testing of a model ship in Hamburg followed in 2013. Several more commitments were made over the next few years, but the project seemed to have foundered in 2016 when Palmer’s industrial empire suffered some financial setbacks and the man himself had become more interested in a political career.