Today an update on the status of the project was sent out via email. Since the update isn't available on their website (it was sent out to their mailing list only), I'm going to post it here in its entirety, if the mods don't mind.
June 19, 2012
GLOBAL SHIP DESIGN FIRM COMMISSIONED TO TITANIC II PROJECT
Blue Star Line Chairman, Professor Clive Palmer, today announced one of the world’s leading ship design and marine engineering companies has been commissioned to assist with the Titanic II project.
Finnish-based Deltamarin, which has offices worldwide, will undertake a full review of the Titanic II project to ensure the vessel will be compliant with all current safety and construction regulations, as well as meeting the design criteria laid down by Blue Star Line.
The work carried out by Deltamarin will enable China’s CSC Jinling Shipyard to begin construction of the passenger liner.
Professor Palmer said Blue Star Line had been overwhelmed by the international response to the Titanic II project, which was announced in April this year.
“More than 20,000 people have registered on Blue Star Line’s website expressing an interest in receiving regular updates from us or requesting information on how to secure bookings for Titanic II’s maiden voyage,” Professor Palmer stated.
He reaffirmed the 2016 launch date for the ship and the intention for Titanic II to sail from China to England before her maiden passenger voyage retracing its original journey.
“Titanic II will be a regular feature on the transatlantic route between the UK and USA,” Professor Palmer said.
“This magnificent vessel is being constructed in memory of the heroic people who served on the first ship, as well as the passengers who sadly shared their fate.
“We also want to recognise the artists and artisans whose skill, creativity and dexterity has never been fully recognised because of the ship’s limited service.”
On April 30, 2012, Professor Palmer announced to the world his intention to build and launch Titanic II in conjunction with leading Chinese shipbuilders, CSC Jinling Shipyard.
The announcement came 100 years after the original vessel last sailed.
Professor Palmer said Titanic II would have the same dimensions as its predecessor, with 840 rooms and nine decks. The main changes to the original Titanic would be below the water line including welding, a bulbous bow for greater fuel efficiency, diesel generation and bow thrusters for increased manoeuvrability.
Deltamarin specialise in consulting, design and engineering and project management from small concept development tasks and studies, to complete engineering packages in the marine field. They offer services to the marine and offshore industries worldwide.
They were founded in 1990 by a group of naval architects and engineers, some of whom still work for the company. More than 400 people are currently employed by the group worldwide.
Their major projects include ‘Oasis of the Seas’, a vast cruise vessel launched in 2009 that can carry over 5400 people. Also on Deltamarin’s impressive list of more than 5000 marine developments are ‘Celebrity Solstice’ and ‘Celebrity Equinox’, two of the most ground breaking cruise ship designs in operation today.