Titanic II to have 'safety deck'


Australian billionaire Clive Palmer said Tuesday 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 to AFP.

The passenger liner, which will be close to 885 feet and will have an estimated gross tonnage of 65,000.

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