”We think it’s worth spreading the spirit of the Titanic. The universal love and sense of responsibility shown during the Titanic shipwreck represent the spiritual richness of human civilization,” Su Shaojun, chief executive of the Seven Star Energy Investment Group
The most well known disaster in the maritime world ever, the sinking of RMS Titanic, has inspired the Chinese company Seven Star Energy Investment Group to recreate the famous liner in full scale replica. This is the second concept for full-scale Titanic replica. The first was announced in April 2012 by the Australian billionaire Clive Palmer. The Titanic 2 Ship project has already been joined by three big companies – Deltamarin, Tillberg Design and Lloyd’s Register. The first Titanic replica project is supported by an advisory board and the model of the ship has been tested in Germany.
Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort
Seven Star Energy Investment Group is a Chinese group integrating energy factories. They have announced their project of a new themed park called the Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort.
The park will be located in the Sichuan Province of China. The resort will include a lot of recreations. It will have European Castles, ancient Turkish baths, Venetian church and beach which will be hand-made. The main highlight of the Romandisea Seven Star International Cultural Tourism Resort will be the Titanic Replica in her life-size. The expected cost of the project is nearly 1 billion yuan (165 million dollar). The construction was scheduled to start in 2014 and the opening date was initially set for 2016.
Design of the Titanic Replica
”When the ship hits the iceberg, it will shake, it will tumble. We will let people experience water coming in by using sound and light effects … They will think, ‘The water will drown me, I must escape with my life’,” Su Shaojun
Seven Star Energy Investment Group has hired an American company to design the Titanic Replica. The project will be based on the blueprints of RMS Olympic. The ship will be docked at Qi River.
The Titanic Replica will have a simulator of the disaster. Several hundred ”passengers” will have the opportunity to feel the shipwreck atmosphere in 6D. The ship will also be a museum with educational purpose.
Keel Laying of the Titanic Replica
The project of Clive Palmer should not be confused with the Chinese Titanic replica which had her keel laying ceremony on November 29, 2016. An estimated 50,000 tonnes of steel will be needed for the construction of the new Titanic replica – more than that used to build an aircraft carrier.
The newbuild, commissioned by Seven Star Energy Investment, and planned to function as theme park attraction and stationary floating hotel on River Qi in Sichuan, is not intended to sail on any ocean but will be moored permanently within a reservoir.
The finished Chinese Titanic replica was re-scheduled to open to the public in 2018. But since both ships will be built by Chinese workers, and since Palmer also cited 2018 as Titanic II new target date, the actually unrelated projects are really prone to confusion.
The full-size replica of Titanic is being built more than 1,200 km (745 miles) from the sea. Once completed, the replica vessel will measure 269 m (882 ft) long by 28 m (92 ft) wide. It will feature reproductions of features of the original Titanic, including a theater, ballroom, swimming pool and rooms.
Qixing Energy Investment Group revealed their plan to rebuild the luxury liner and spend 1 billion Yuan (£105 million) on it in January 2014. The company (based in Lishui city, east China) recently announced that only a limited number of 5,000 tickets will go on sale from June 15, 2017 on their official website.
Titanic’s guests will have to pay at least 3,000 Yuan (£350) a night for a cabin onboard the ship. More expensive rooms will cost 100,000 Yuan (£11,580). There will be Las Vegas style entertainment, ballroom dancing and pool parties on the new Titanic ship to transport “passengers” back to 1912. Even the food items on the menu will be exactly the same as onboard the original liner.
20,000 drawings have been made of the Chinese replica Titanic in order to make sure that every single detail is perfect. The company even worked with producers of Oscar-winning James Cameron’s film to get hold of the original blueprint.
The Titanic replica will be able to take up to 1,500 visitors per day. Money raised will go towards a Titanic fund, charity set up to aid maritime disasters across the world.