Titanic II = “Made in China”


A plan to make a copy of the Titanic in China has been attracting considerable attention, combining as it does the hubris of the “Titanic” name and the manufacturing quality of China.

The ship, dubbed “Titanic II,” was commissioned by billionaire Austrialian mining magnate Chris Palmer, whose recent plans include such modest enterprises as running for office and starting a luxury cruise line and resort empire.

The plan is for the Titanic II to replicate the look and feel of the original Titanic, whilst incorporating modern innovations in unsinkability and China’s low cost shipbuilding talent.

Naturally Palmer was asked about how unsinkable it would be:

“Of course it will sink if you put a hole in it. It is going to be designed so it won’t sink, but, of course, if you are superstitious like you are, you never know what could happen.”

A Chinese shipyard took the order, thought in part to be due to Palmer’s business connections with China. How much he is paying for the vessel has not been made public.

The ship is scheduled to make its maiden voyage from London to New York in 2016.

Online there are fears it may both explode and sink:

“So this time it will explode and then sink?”

“You just know this will sink.”

“Made in China – they want to replicate the sinking as well then.”

“A tragedy looms…”

“Well, if they wanted to replicate the glaring design flaws of the original as well they couldn’t have made a better choice.”

“Expect a movie.”

“Just think of it as a set.”

“At least if it sinks they’ll be saved the trouble of burying it.

“So they’re ripping off both the movie and the ship this time?”

“For a rich man he seems to have skimped on the most essential point.”

“What kind of fool would ride this!”

“I can imagine poor people riding a made in China ship, but rich people riding a made in China luxury liner?”

“Now they just need to get that Italian captain and they will be all set.”

“Not only does he call it the Titanic, he makes it in China? He has the whole joke planned out doesn’t he?”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:11 01/05/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Wouldn't a chinese version of the Titanic mean that it would actually have a successful voyage?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 02/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    So it seems. They are hoping it will fail at sinking.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:57 18/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    1. Ship goes boom boom
    2. Sinks immediately (No icebergs needed)
    3. Both of the above

    I go for no.3. Although if it fails at sinking then it'll blow up anyway.

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    Comment by warjoke
    20:48 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Voyage to where? to a desolate island in the Philippines and then claim it as their own?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:00 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No, voyage to the "other side" is probably a better prediction.

    Comment by Anonymous

    no it means it'll blow up then float

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:52 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    you mean blow up then sink...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:08 03/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    +1 LoL for funny comment

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    Comment by Benoist
    19:01 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    it will sinkplode... which would be awesome and quality fail

    Comment by Anonymous

    da heil?

    this is old old old OLD NEWS!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Dude, the guys name is Clive Palmer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:43 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why is this voted down?
    Fact: the guy's name is Clive Palmer. Google it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:30 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Because it's SanCom and actual facts don't get in the way!!!

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    Comment by Nekomancer
    16:33 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The fat Shinra guy who drinks tea with lard?

    Comment by Anonymous

    The chinese shipbuilders will put a giant 20 metre rubber barrier around the ship's belly from the waterline from bow to stern, so it will be iceburg proof.

    Except with global warming - by the tiem they finish building it.
    There will be no iceburgs around any more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:58 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love the bit about Global Warming and no icebergs, if it was "Made in Britain" and it hit a iceberg it would be the wrong type of iceberg, like we have Floods = Hose Pipe Ban (wrong type of water)

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:31 03/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    maybe they'll christen it by bombing it with iceburg lettuce!

    04:59 01/05/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    One of flaws of the original Titanic it was built of steel with a high sulfur content which caused brittleness in cold water.
    Chinese steel generally has a high sulfur content due to poor QM and use of coke "not the stuff you drink" made from high sulfur coal.

    I can't believe he wants to use a state owned Chinese contractor to build a ship that had a few design flaws to start with.

    Really anyone with some sense would have the Dutch,Finnish, or Koreans build the vessel and let them make whatever internal changes necessary to meet modern safety standards.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:36 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    lol Koreans. Listen to yourself.

    05:28 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hyundai ship yards has considerable experience at constructing large vessels probably more so then anyone in China.
    Though the best contractors for a cruise ship would be a company like Fincantieri in Italy or STX in Finland.

    A modern cruise ship internally is a very different beast then a oil tanker or container ship.
    I'm not even sure if China has the facilities and technology to build a modern cruise ship.

    Cargo vessels tend to have one or two very large engines with direct drive while cruise ships tend to have three to six or more diesel electric generators and electric azipod drives.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:37 14/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    fincantieri ia jewel,the pride of our country
    sadly a of now the mafia runs it
    i wish i was joking

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    Comment by Allanx
    09:20 03/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ahh, someone who knows their stuff.

    One of my contacts - who currently works for a certain offshore drilling company that recently had one of their ships boarded by none other than Xena - says that one of the brand-new, high-tech Globetrotter-class drillships they ordered was so screwy that she spent six months laid up in Holland.

    If I'm not mistaken, the contract was with Huisman and the ship was constructed at STX's new Dalian facility in China, which opened in 2009. A Korean company with a good reputation opening a Chinese branch? What the hell were they thinking? That they'd attract clients looking to shave a buck or two off the purchase price of a half-billion dollar ship?

    There was sandblasting grit and welding slag in the plumbing and lube oil pumps and compressors all over the vessel. A number of these pumps had water and dirt in the bearings where there was supposed to be oil. There were piping system breakages due to faulty pipe hangers, as well.

    There were a couple main engine failures, probably because the lube oil pumps were so screwed up. Of course, it could just be because the eight main engines were built by Caterpillar; should have gone with MTU, GE, or basically anything but CATs.

    There were tons of technical problems with the engineering of the vessel. They had to use portable air compressors on the deck to substitute for the non-functional ones installed on the vessel, just so it could reach the Netherlands.

    I wouldn't touch this forthcoming Titanic replica with a ten-foot pole, let alone board the thing. I'd hate to be one of the engineers hired to crew this monstrosity, or one of those foolish enough to actually pay the fare to ride it.

    Chinese products absolutely suck ass. It's not just a stereotype. It's the whole damned truth. Their manufacturing companies are a bunch of con artists, fattening their pockets while the rest of the globe sucks wind. Their under-trained, underpaid employees can't even afford to buy the things they make with their own two hands. It's nauseating.

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    Comment by kamehappo
    08:41 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sadly, biggest Finnish docks are now mounted down because lack of new ship building orders recently. Masa Dwarfs has built many ships bigger than Titanic.

    But i think Chinese will do a good job if they are reasonably paid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:59 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    true, they build shit to specifications, you pay them 10 million, they will make it and it will cost 10 million, you pay them 100 million, and if they arent corrupt, they will spend that 100 million on better shit.

    the chinese get shit done, reguardless of if they can with that much money

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:12 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh wow serious post.

    Oh that note, it was mentioned in another article on this, that the rate of major incidents/sinkings of large ocean liners built in China is far lower than those of both Australia and U.S. Fleet of the former is newer though, so may they sink someday...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Char relax,....
    This one will be built with 2nd grade steel made in China.
    And it will have an armoured hull, protected with a metre of rubber to make it impossible to be damaged.

    Of course by the tiem its finished, iceburgs will be extinct due to the effects of global warming.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:03 01/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.9)

    That dude has a very expensive sense of humor.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:46 01/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    no he has very explosive tastes .

    Comment by Anonymous

    I would say that his thirst for power is unsinkable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:43 01/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    At least the passengers will have a blast of a time before feeding the fishes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    One nuke coming up...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What did you expect for a bunch of chinks.
    One nuke coming up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    michael bay dream titanic with big explosions

    15:11 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Something like this:

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    Comment by Dan Hibiki
    05:38 01/05/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    it's maiden voyage is from london to new york... but it's made in china? are they flying it to london from china then?

    05:56 01/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I guess they plan on carrying it on this ship.


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    Comment by kamehappo
    08:36 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Your guess is as good as mine: to London as model kit parts.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You forget that it was an Aussie that came up with this scheme.

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    Comment by CC
    21:23 02/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Slight problem with sticking it on the Blue Marlin, its deck is 178.2m long. The titanic is 269m!

    Perhaps if they stuck both the blue and black marlin together it would work. Seems silly to spend that much just to have the novelty of having the same maiden voyage as the original.

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    Comment by Kubo Toshimitsu
    09:57 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hmm. True. That news is flawed.
    It's maiden voyage should be from Beijing to London.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:40 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    and on the way it's captured by somalian pirates :D

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    Comment by kamehappo
    08:35 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dan Hibiki, i was asking about that too. Typical Sankaku logic=lacks all common sense in it`s lousy scribblings!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:00 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    dude - this is Sankaku, who has any sense of logic?

    everyone ares teenaged pimply faced wankers, trolling each other.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Even my lego replica of the titanic will float better than this!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:32 01/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    ...I can think of more creative ways to waste money.

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    Comment by Mauvais
    21:48 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Yeah, forget sequels of ships that sank! It's time we started work on that Executioner star destroyer.

    Comment by Anonymous

    What buy anime? just download it for free you fool

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:35 01/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    There is no need to make a replica of Titanic

    Every single ship in china, you call all of them "Titanic" anyway

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    09:05 01/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I've got a sinking feeling about this.

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    Comment by Aero
    06:22 01/05/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)


    But mundane. Well, I'm still looking forward to it.
    Lest cross our fingers that it fares better than it's original counterpart.

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    Comment by kamehappo
    08:28 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That one was Made In Great Britain...laughing, anybody?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:01 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Correction it was built in Ireland, the IRA would take that comment as offensive and bomb you to heil!

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    Comment by kamehappo
    23:18 01/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ireland was practically part of Great Britain back in very early 1900s.
    Eire did gain it`s independence much later, and ship building company was certainly British.
    I don`t think IRA hates me for vague historical reasons, they know i have nothing against telling correct story of History of Eire.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Nah,this time they sink it and post the videos on youtube xD

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