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澳大利亚亿万富翁重启复制“泰坦尼克号”计划

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来自澳大利亚的亿万富翁克莱夫·帕尔默,是“泰坦尼克号”的忠实粉丝,十多年来一直致力于复制一艘“泰坦尼克”号,为乘客提供顶级出海旅游体验。他先后于2012年和2018年两次提出这一计划,都搁浅了,近日他召开新闻发布会,宣布重启项目。
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer, who made his fortune from mining, first launched plans for Titanic II in 2012, and again in 2018.
澳大利亚亿万富翁克莱夫·帕尔默通过采矿发家致富,他于2012年首次启动了“泰坦尼克Ⅱ”的计划,并于2018年再次启动。
When he first floated his dream of building Titanic II — an exact copy of the Titanic a decade ago, the popular view was that he was rich and strange enough to do it. But the COVID pandemic hit, and the multimillion-dollar project was sidelined as ports closed and passengers wouldn’t like to be quarantined (隔离) at sea.
十年前,当他第一次提出建造“泰坦尼克Ⅱ”的梦想时,人们普遍认为他足够富有和奇怪,可以建造这艘泰坦尼克号。但新冠肺炎疫情来袭,由于港口关闭,乘客不想在海上隔离,这个耗资数百万美元的项目被搁置。
Now that the pandemic has passed, and cruise ships are once again at sea, Palmer, who is chairman of the Blue Star Line company behind the project, said the time is right to revive his Titanic dream. “We are very pleased to announce that after unforeseen global delays, we have reengaged with partners to bring the dream of Titanic II to life. Let the journey begin,’’ Palmer said. Blue Star is collecting proposals and plans to confirm a ship builder by the end of the year, to begin work in the first quarter of 2025. Right now, Palmer expects the winning bidders to be based in Europe.
现在疫情已经过去,游轮再次出海,该项目背后的蓝星航运公司董事长帕尔默表示,现在是重振泰坦尼克号梦想的时候了。帕尔默说:“我们非常高兴地宣布,在经历了不可预见的全球延误后,我们已与合作伙伴重新接触,让“泰坦尼克Ⅱ”的梦想成真。让旅程开始吧。”蓝星正在收集建议,并计划在年底前确认一家造船厂,于2025年第一季度开始工作。目前,帕尔默预计中标者将设在欧洲。
At the relaunch, his team redistributed an eight-minute video. The ship itself will be 269 meters long and 32.2 meters wide — slightly wider than the original. Capacity will be 2,345 passengers spread across nine decks with 835 cabins. Almost half of those will be reserved for first class passengers. Third class passengers will be treated to stew and mash at long tables in a communal dining room — as they were on the original boat — though a spokesperson said other meals will also be available for those who want a less authentic experience.
在重新启动时,他的团队重新分发了一段8分钟的视频。这艘船本身长269米,宽32.2米,比原来的略宽。可容纳2345名乘客,分布在9层甲板和835间客舱。其中几乎一半将留给头等舱乘客。三等舱乘客将在公共餐厅的长桌上享用炖菜和土豆泥,就像他们在原船上一样。不过一位发言人表示,其他餐点也将提供给那些想要不太真实体验的人。
Palmer wants to replicate the Titanic — without the tragic ending. And he believes that tapping the world’s fascination for the luxury vessel (豪华游艇) will somehow bring people closer together. “We all know how to make war. We get armies and we fund wars. People know about that. But it is a lot harder to make peace. To make peace you have got to stick with it every day. You progress inch by inch,” he said.
帕尔默想复制泰坦尼克号,但没有悲剧的结局。他相信,利用世界对这艘豪华船只的迷恋,将在某种程度上拉近人们的距离。他说:“我们都知道如何发动战争。我们有军队,我们资助战争。人们知道这一点。但要实现和平要困难得多。要实现和平,你必须每天坚持下去。你一寸一寸地进步。”。
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1 . Which of the following can replace the underlined word “sidelined”?

A.

Inspired.

B.

Estimated.

C.

Delayed.

D.

Expanded.

2 . What CAN’T be learned about the Titanic II project from the text?

A.

It’s the third time that it has been launched.

B.

The end of the COVID pandemic promotes it.

C.

The Blue Star Line company is in charge of it.

D.

A European ship builder has been decided.

3 . What does the fourth paragraph focus on?

A.

The design features of Titanic II.

B.

The reasons for Palmer building Titanic II.

C.

The difficulty of building Titanic II.

D.

The appeal of Titanic II to the public.

4 . What does Palmer think of Titanic II?

A.

It links the port areas around the world.

B.

It is something that can provide peace.

C.

It can be a ship sailing between countries.

D.

It can be a ship where dreams come true.

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