[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fully functioning replica of RMS Titanic is set to launch in 2018, 106 years after the original vessel sunk in the North Atlantic Ocean.
This updated version, named Titanic II, is the brainchild of Australian billionaire Clive Palmer and his company, Blue Star Line.
While it will look virtually identical to the 1912 cruise ship, it will be four metres wider, with its hull welded together rather than riveted due to modern maritime safety requirements.
Unlike the original, the new ship will have enough lifeboats, along with marine evacuation systems and a boat deck housing replicas of the original lifeboats.
The replica ship wlll be 270 metres long, 53 metres high and weigh 40,000 tonnes, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
Like the original, Titanic II will offer first, second and third class tickets. It will have nine floors and 840 cabins to accommodate 2,400 passengers and 900 crew members. The liner will have a swimming pool, Turkish baths and gyms.
The maiden voyage will be from Jiangsu in Eastern China to Dubai and not like its namesake from Southampton to New York.