Plans for 'Titanic II' move forward

Artists impression of the Titanic II Credit: Blue Star Line

Plans for a second Titanic have today come a major step nearer with the awarding of the first major contract for the new ship.

The Australian businessman behind the controversial scheme, Clive Palmer, has announced one of the leading marine companies in the world, Delatamrin, will manage the design and construction of the vessel.

Some have remained sceptical if the ship would ever be built but the awarding of the contract does indicate she may eventually be built.

Many people in Southampton have criticised the plan as insensitive to those who died on board. 550 came from the city.

But others say it will be a tribute to those who died and 'can't wait' to get on board.The ship is due to sail from Southampton to New York from 2016.