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Clive Palmer's Titanic II to dock in Gladstone harbour

CLIVE Palmer's ship will come in - to Gladstone harbour.

The Member for Fairfax confirmed on Monday his Titanic II would dock in the city.

Buying the lease to the Port of Gladstone is key to the project going ahead.

The luxury cruise liner, a replica of its ill-fated namesake, is due to begin construction in China soon at a cost of more than $195 million.

Mr Palmer said he expected cruises would depart from Gladstone and take in many ports both around Australia and further afield.

He also hinted Palmersaurus, his replica of a dinosaur that resides at his Palmer Coolum Resort on the Sunshine Coast, would stand at the entry to the port.

Mr Palmer announced in April 2012 a project to build a near replica of the Titanic - and its maiden voyage is scheduled for 2016.

He said the ship would be as close as possible in design to the original Titanic, but underneath would be a ship of modern specifications with stabilisers, diesel electric propulsion and incorporating the health and safety features found onboard modern cruise vessels.

Marine engineering company Deltamarin has been hired to design the ship, and a Chinese company will build the vessel.

The 2016 schedule fitted well with Gladstone's port, he said, because by that time the Wiggins Island coal terminal would be complete, and the Barney Point coal terminal would have been decommissioned.

"The wharf is already there - all that will be needed is to build some stunning passenger terminals - and I'll make sure there is a Palmersaurus at the terminal entrance," he told The Observer on Monday.

"We can make Gladstone's port the port of choice for tourists - and I will make sure that other passenger cruise ships come to Gladstone when the Titanic II is not in port."

Mr Palmer said he would provide more information about his plans once they had been better developed and when he had time away from his parliamentary and business duties.

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