He may not have been there in person, but Clive Palmer still had a message for guests at the launch of plans to build a replica of Titanic.
In a recorded message, he told guests: "Why build Titanic? Because we can. Titanic will bring the ship back to life. It will be a tribute to those who died."
We will complete the journey. The ship will be a ship of peace carrying the hopes and dreams of people everywhere. By learning from the lessons of the past this is our moment. Titanic was the ship of dreams Titanic 2 will be a ship where dreams come true."
The Port of Southampton has yet to hear from those behind plans for a second Titanic. It'll need to grant permission to sail from the city.Read the full story ›
The man behind Titanic II failed to turn up to his own launch event in Southampton this morning. Clive Palmer was due at a lavish breakfast to reveal more details about the plan. The billionaire says he will build a replica of the ship and sail it from Southampton I the years time.
160 VIPs including Lawrie McMenemy, the Mayor, Council and business leaders are at the Grand Cafe in the City to hear details of the controversial plan. Reactions are mixed with some enthusiastic about the plan. Other say the ship is in poor taste.
Billionaire Clive Palmer failed to turn up for the Titanic II launch in Southampton this morning. 160 VIPs were due to have breakfast with him to hear more details about the scheme. More later.
Clive Palmer, the Australian billionaire behind plans for a second Titanic, says she will set sail from Southampton to New York at the end of 2016.
He's going ahead with the controversial plan despite some claiming it's poor taste. Titanic 2 - a near replica of the original will be much smaller than today's Transatlantic liners - like the Queen Mary 2.
She'll be 65,000 tonnes, 882 feet long, 9 decks tall and able to carry 3,200 passengers and crew.
In his first British television interview Clive Palmer spoke to our Transport Correspondent at the Titanic 2 launch in New York. Mike also spoke to Philip Littlejohn and Dot Haisman, both relatives of Titanic survivors. Here's his full report.
Clive Palmer, the Australian businessman, has revealed his blueprint for the new Titanic exclusively to out Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse - an it's impressive stuff. Take a look.
Clive Palmer, the man who wants to build the second Titanic, talks to out Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse about his plans. He told Mike it was a great opportunity that so many people wanted.
The Australian billionaire Clive Palmer has been giving details of Titanic II at a press conference in America. Relatives of the passengers who sailed on the original ship have criticised his plan. They say it's in bad taste.
But enthusiasts are eager to be on board when the new liner leaves Southampton on her maiden voyage - just as the first Titanic did 100 years ago. Our tTansport Correspondent Mike Pearse sends this report from New York.
Clive Palmer says contracts to build ship will be signed next week. Mr Palmer said he wouldn't say the ship was unsinkable - but it will have all the latest safety features.
Mining magnate Clive Palmer says Titanic II will mostly sail between Southampton and New York.
Work is due to start later this year and her maiden voyage is planned in November 2016. Our transport correspondent Mike Pearse reports.