A Question Of Lifeboats

Those of you that have been following the project will be aware, that unlike the original Titanic, the Titanic II will have enough lifeboats.

These will be modern lifeboats, with modern davits, located on a new ‘safety deck’ that the original Titanic did not have. The original Titanic’s minimal supply of lifeboats were located higher up on the boat (promenade) deck, so more difficult to launch.

Nobody denies the need for plentiful lifeboats conforming to modern maritime safety standards.  However, Some commentators have suggested that the modern lifeboats will make the Titanic II look too contemporary and ugly. (They have to be orange these days for safety reasons).

It has also been suggested that maybe they could be hidden in the hull, behind doors, retaining the profile of the original hull.

On January 31, 2020, Helge Kåre Fauskanger asked Deltamarin (the Titanic II’s designers) this question:

“If the design is still being refined, are you able to comment on the possibility of covering up the new lifeboat deck behind doors, something I understand SOLAS regulations would allow?

Very many who have reviewed the (former?) proposed design have found the new lifeboat deck a most painful eyesore which undermines the very purpose of a “TItanic replica”, since it spoils the original design. Yet I remember that this was discussed in comments on your site already years ago, and then you did indicate that covering up the lifeboats behind doors was a real possibility to be duly considered. Have there been any further conceptual developments regarding this that you are able to share?”

Deltamarin replied on February 5, 2020:

“Dear Helge, This is one topic among the very many others we have been studying. Unfortunately we are at the moment not yet able to release any details”.

So the news is, we just don’t know. However hidden lifeboats would certainly make this amazing vessel look more authentic.

Q: what do you think about the Titanic II’s modern lifeboats?

Malcolm


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