Twenty two years old man Ondřej Vrkoč starts for the second time prepare majestic project of construction of a new Titanic. But australian mining magnate, billionaire and politician Clive Palmer again causes problems. "Whenever we come out with a statement to media about construction of a new Titanic, Clive Palmer is responding soon with a statement, that he is also building Titanic II, and that it will be finished in two years," shaked his head Ondřej Vrkoč. He refuses to leave this project to billionare and believe replica of famous ship for wealthy clientele will be finished by himself.
Sydney/Prague – When world exposition Titanic was opened in Prague on February 10th, young Czech "Titanic specialist" Ondřej Vrkoč enthusiastically informed about start of a new project: constructing a new Titanic.
But same situation happened in 2012, when australian billionare Clive Palmer decided to destroy Ondřej's plans: he announced the same intention. In addition, he has strong political influence.
Palmer wants to introduce replica of famous Titanic in two years. Copy, which is reportedly built by British company Blue Star Line in China, will have the same as the original Turkish bath, swimming pool and a Parisian café. The Titanic will include also modern device – modern navigation system.
"Whenever we come out with a statement to media about construction of a new Titanic, Clive Palmer is responding soon with a statement, that he is also building Titanic II, and that it will be finished in two years," shaked his head Ondřej Vrkoč, the biggest Titanic expert in Central Europe. "Of course it is not a coincidence, it is always reaction to us. We have our theory about why this is so, but it is just speculation, therefore we will not publish it." added Ondřej Vrkoč.
According to Ondřej Vrkoč, the situation when Clive Palmer announced his building Titanic II in 2012, it was just pre-election campaign. He wanted to get to parliament. Successfully, because everyone knew him as the man who will build Titanic II.
That is why Czechs stopped the project for two years and waited whether Palmer continues his vision. But nothing happened, and even the world's leading shipbuilders had no evidence that Australian progressed.
"We have information that the Chinese shipyard, where Clive Palmer wanted to build, has no contract with him. There is no paper about building the Titanic," said Ondřej Vrkoč and added: "In addition, the general manager of his original project is already in our team, and also Steve Payne, currently the biggest naval architect."
News agencies says that the australian billionaire wants to build three-storey vessel, which will be 53 meters high and 269 meters long and it will cost 12 billion Czech crowns. How was written in the newspaper The Belfast Telegraph, there has to be 840 cabins for 2 435 passengers and 900 cabins for crew. He wants to maintain some facilities for historical reasons, even though it is not functional.
"His plans are unrealistic," said Czech
"His plans seem to me unreal. He wants to build replica of Titanic with all the facilities, but also the Third Class with bunk beds, but nobody obviously does not approve that. Another historical facility is shared toilet, which was in the Third Class of the original Titanic. Who would be interested in that today? Who would start such a project?" does not understand Czech man.
According to the newspaper USA Today from 2013 billionaire wanted to go so far in retro inventory, that he wanted to build the Titanic without a television signal or Internet connection. It also seems to Ondřej Vrkoč unrealistic.
"It is possible to be without Internet and take a break from work, it is good, but for the whole week? Tickets will be quite expensive and only affluent people will be able to afford these, I doubt that they wanted to not lead to own business. Even smaller Czech entrepreneur can not today afford to find themselves for the whole week without connections."
Though the ship is not completed, it is already speculating about enormously high prices of tickets. For example, apartment in first Class Palmer's Titanic could cost nearly 80 000 euros (two million dollars).
The first cruise is expected in 2018 and will lead between the Chinese province of Jiangsu and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
"This time we certainly do not want to freeze our project. On the contrary, Palmer's counterattack kicked us and we want to have our project even better and better," said Vrkoč.
They raise money for detailed plans, which will be transmitted to the investor. They originally counted with a budget of 11 billion crowns, now they managed to figure out how to save three billion without any given up on luxury.
"Titanic was a ship of dreams. Titanic II will be ship on which the dream comes true," enjoyed Palmer and admitted he is open to any craziness.
"Everything will be finally done in the moment Titanic comes out to sea. And I strongly hope that it will be ours," concluded Ondřej Vrkoč.
At the opening ceremony of the exposition Titanic, which was moderated by famous Czech moderator Leoš Mareš, there was naval captain Ctirad Pacák and spoke about his voyages.
author: Zuzana Hronová