Titanic II Unsinkable? Ship Design Like Original, But Is The Safety Deck Enough

Titanic II is not claimed to be unsinkable. White Star Line, the operator of the original Titanic, claimed the ship was designed to be unsinkable. Blue Star Line is declining to make a similar boast about the Titanic II.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, almost-billionaire Clive Palmer is creating the Titanic II for a maiden voyage in 2016. Some 1,500 people died on the original Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912 from Southampton to New York after the ship collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic. After Blue Star Line revealed the Titanic II design, some people might wonder just how safe the new cruise ship might be.

The original Titanic also had new safety technology, including 16 compartments with doors that could be closed from the bridge if the hull were breached. At the time it was said that four compartments could be flooded without endangering the liner, leading to the claim the Titanic was unsinkable.

According to Reuters, Clive Palmer, who created the company Blue Star Line last year, declined to make a similar boast about the Titanic II:

“Anything will sink if you put a hole in it. I think it would be very cavalier to say it.”

The Titanic II will be similar in length and breadth to the original Titanic, sharing the distinctive black hull and four funnels, nine decks and a total of 840 staterooms. In keeping with the original design, there is also full separation of the classes. Besides safety features, probably the most welcome addition will be some modern comforts such as air conditioning and separated bathrooms.

The Titanic II will include plenty of lifeboats for everyone, which was one of the main problems with the original Titanic design. A safety deck is another new safety measure, and the lifeboats themselves will of a modern design instead of replicating the simple wooden crafts of the bygone era.

The Sydney Morning Herald gives an overview of some of the major design changes that should greatly increase the safety of the Titanic II:

“The main changes to Titanic II’s design, however, are below the waterline, increasing her weight to about 65,000 tonnes. Sections previously held together by rivets will be welded instead for greater strength, and diesel engines will drive the ship, with bow thrusters for increased maneuverability. Titanic II will also have a bulbous bow, a protruding bulb at the front of the ship that modifies the way water flows around the hull, reducing drag, increasing speed, range, fuel efficiency, and stability.”

Considering all these additional safety measures, would you take a cruise on the Titanic II even though it’s not claimed to be unsinkable?