Billionaire Clive Palmer’s Titanic II challenge will open its European headquarters in Paris reasonably than London as a result of he needs the workplace in Europe.
“It’s of little use having a European headquarters outdoors Europe,’’ Mr. Palmer mentioned in a press release in Brisbane on Monday.
In September Mr. Palmer introduced work had recommenced in London by his firm Blue Star Line.
In 2016 a slim majority of British voters supported withdrawing from the European Union, though the controversial Brexit deal has but to be secured.
Mr. Palmer started the challenge to construct a duplicate Titanic and put the passenger ship into service between Southhampton and New York in 2012 however deserted it in 2015 attributable to monetary difficulties, however he now says it’s going forward.
“The choice will imply we gained’t open our European workplace till March 2019, with Paris being ideally positioned to swimsuit the corporate’s wants,” Mr. Palmer mentioned of the transfer.
It means Blue Star Traces employees will relocate to Paris for this date, the place recruitment will happen for extra staff.
Mr. Palmer confirmed discussions had been underway between the challenge’s World Director and suppliers and consultants worldwide to get Titanic II underway as quickly as doable.
The previous MP believes a Titanic II will generate unprecedented worldwide publicity and public curiosity.
The ship could have the identical interiors and format as the unique vessel, however fashionable know-how and security procedures.
“In 1912 the Titanic was the ship of goals. For over a century Titanic’s legend has been powered by thriller, intrigue and respect for all she stood for,” he mentioned in September when he introduced the challenge was again on.
“Hundreds of thousands have dreamt of crusing on her, seeing her in port and experiencing her distinctive majesty. Titanic II would be the ship the place these goals come true.”
Titanic II was initially slated to make its maiden voyage in 2016, after development was accomplished in China.
This story initially appeared in information.com.au.