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Titanic II due to set sail in 2022

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The Titanic is under construction again - at least a replica of the famous ship - 105 years after the original passenger liner sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton in England to New York City, reported TVNZ.

Titanic II is scheduled to set sail in 2022 and will retrace the original ship’s route, USA Today reports.
The project was first announced in 2012, but was put on hold after a financial dispute.

Now that the issue has been resolved, Blue Star Line has announced construction has re-started.

Titanic II will feature the same cabin layout as the original ship and will carry the exact same number of passengers and crew members as the original.

The new vessel will sail from Dubai to Southampton, and then to New York.

RMS Titanic sank in the early morning of April 15, 1912, in the North Atlantic, four days into the ship's maiden voyage.

The largest passenger liner in service at the time, Titanic had an estimated 2224 people on board when she struck an iceberg late on the night of Sunday, April 14, 1912.

Her sinking two hours and forty minutes later, on the Monday morning, resulted in the deaths of more than 1500 people, which made it one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.

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Refined woodwork, luxurious dining rooms, legendary swimming pool … The Titanic II will be a true copy of the ship sunk in 1912, down to a few details. Under supervision of a history research team, the “new Titanic” will measure 270 metres long, 53 metres high and weigh nearly 40,000 tonnes as its model, says the company Blue Star Line. All the company’s efforts will be invested to make the customers feel as close to reality. “There will be no phones, no television, and we’re still debating on Internet access”; says Blue Star Line management, reported Modern Buyer Behaviour.

Enhanced safety
The only major and obvious difference is the safety policy. On-board technologies will meet current requirements. This time, the ship will be equipped with a sufficient number of lifeboats. Other improvements : the liner will be equipped with air conditioning and a high-tech main engine.

“The new Titanic will of course have modern evacuation procedures, satellite controls, digital navigation and radar systems and all those things you’d expect on a 21st century ship,” James McDonald, Blue Star Line’s marketing director, told the Belfast Telegraph.

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