The SS Titan Foundation is charged with a monumental task. It is at the heart of it and its non-profit operations arm, Titan Line, ltd.
The project is the construction of Titan, a true ocean-going vessel, one which will be built to aesthetically mirror her inspiration, the famous RMS Titanic. Her interiors will boast all of the famous areas known to Titanic; the Grand Staircase, Palm Court, Cafe’ Parisian, Turkish Bath, and much more. She will also incorporate subtle modernized attributes of other great ships of the golden age of trans-Atlantic steamship travel, including the French Liner Normandie, among others.
Titan is envisioned as the world’s largest, longest, and fastest ocean liner - ever. Upon completion she will easily strip the largest and longest titles from Cunard’s new Queen Mary 2, which entered service in 2004, and she’ll wrest the fastest title from Atlantic greyhound SS United States which was retired in 1969.
It is hoped that Titan will be designed by Harland & Wolff, ltd., Titanic’s original builder, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Foundation feels it will be historically significant for Titan to be given her initial birth where Titanic was painstakingly constructed from 1909 to 1912, as Harland & Wolff is still the world’s foremost authority on all aspects of Titanic. The shipyard currently has all faculties in place to begin design of Titan within a reasonably short timescale.
Preliminary correspondence has established a dialogue between the Foundation and principals within Harland & Wolff, and these exploratory discussions are favorable towards moving forward with this initial design phase.
Though she is planned to be designed in Ireland, and constructed in another foreign country, the vessel will be registered and flagged in the United States, allowing her to bypass stringent regulations contained in the Jones Act, a U.S. Maritime law forbidding foreign flagged vessels from transporting passengers and/or cargo between U.S. Ports - a critical success factor for Titan.
It is estimated that construction of Titan will cost approximately $1.6 billion (US), and take up to three years to complete, making her the most expensive ship ever built as well, far surpassing the $800 million price tag for the QM2. Working with Harland & Wolff can produce an initial cost model, general arrangement, and basic specifications for Titan within a very short time period - two to three weeks for preparation, at a reasonable cost.
Cost Model This will include the latest vendor information and will give a 70% confidence level of eventual price for Titan
General Arrangement Showing deck plans and preliminary accommodation layouts
Specifications Includes principal particulars, main machinery, systems descriptions, accommodations descriptions, public spaces, etc.
A modern Harland & Wolff design would maximise the use of new technology, thereby allowing reduced capital expenditure and operational costs, decreased machinery spaces which will allow more cabin and public spaces, better reliability and passenger comfort, all this while retaining all of the visual appeal and impact of Titanic.
She will look and feel like Titanic, but behind her bulkheads it would be ultramodern, safe, efficient, and cost effective to run.
This would be in keeping with Titanic’s spirit, just as she was intended to be the finest in her day in every respect - grace, elegance, speed, safety, technologically superior and innovative.