Lürssen Drills Down on Size

The German builder of supersized superyachts looks to increase production of smaller yachts.

Lürssen Project Shu Imperial Yachts Espen Øino Mark Berryman Monaco Photo: Klaus Jordan/Imperial Yachts

For German shipyard Lürrsen, size matters. Boasting a fairly healthy order book for 2018/2019, one of the yachts currently under construction is Project TIS, a quintessential 364-foot yacht with a 55-foot beam scheduled for delivery in winter 2018. With exterior and interior design by Winch Design, and with a long and well-balanced sheerline, TIS boasts extraordinary volume spread across six decks. In addition to spacious interior and exterior areas for entertaining, two sweeping staircases at the transom create an impressive entrance, complemented by generous ceiling heights and a sophisticated interior.

Alongside TIS, Lürssen currently has several other impressively large yachts in various phases of build. At its main facility known as Lürssen-Lemwerder, a 328-plus-foot yacht is under construction. At the facility known as Lürssen-Aumund, a further two hefty-size yachts are well under way, while at the pier 446-foot Shu is undergoing its final outfitting and being readied for delivery. Designed by Espen Øino and scheduled for delivery this autumn, Shu successfully concluded its final sea trials in May in the North Sea.

Lürssen Lemwerder Shipyard

Lürssen-Lemwerder Shipyard.  Photo: Wolfgang Kundel

Shu is one of a number of 328-plus-foot yachts that Lürssen has built its reputation on, but it’s the smaller 196-plus-foot (60-plus-meter) market that is piquing the yard’s interest, says Michael Breman. “In the past 15 years, we have built 20 yachts that are between 50 [164 feet] and 90 meters [295 feet], and only 15 yachts that are larger than 90 meters,” he says. The titans of the seas may be the showstoppers, but it’s 60- to 80-meter new builds that Breman would like to see form the yard’s core business. “Our mission is to build yachts of a more ‘humane’ size,” he says. “Today’s owners are ‘lifestylers’ and may not want a 100-meter yacht even if they can afford it.”

Lürssen Bremen Aumund Azzam Shipyard Germany

Lürssen-Aumund shipyard.  Photo: Wolfgang Kundel

With eight facilities spread across Germany, Lürssen has ample space to build and refit multiple yachts simultaneously in covered sheds and dry docks. Purely focused on bespoke builds (with no interest in venturing into series yachts), Lürssen has invested heavily in its facilities over the past year in a bid to improve efficiency. With more than 2,700 people employed across the group and undertaking all its steel work in-house, the shipyard not only has the space but also the manpower of 700-plus engineers and naval architects, and a multitude of craftsmen to tackle any project—be it a new build, a refit, or a conversion.

Lürssen Yacht Refit the Blohm + Voss Hamburg shipyard

Lürssen Yacht Refit (formerly the Blohm + Voss Hamburg shipyard).  Photo: Courtesy Lürssen

The Hamburg-based Blohm + Voss shipyard has now become the main hub for refit and repair, with the superyacht division rebranded to Lürssen Yacht Refit to reflect this change. Refit has become a core business for Lürssen, and following the Blohm + Voss acquisition it now has the facilities and capabilities to undertake multiple refits at any one time, all in Northern Germany.

During the last year, more than a dozen yachts between 164 and 328-plus feet have used the Lürssen facilities for modifications and maintenance work, eight of them at the Blohm + Voss yard. Among them are some of the world’s most iconic yachts, such as Lady Moura, Yas, Rising Sun, and Alfa Nero, while Tatiana, Quantum Blue, and Jupiter have already passed through in the first half of 2018.

“Regardless of whether a yacht is a Lürssen or a yacht built by another yard, a time will come when it will need a refit, some repair, or even a conversion,” says Breman. “This is work that Lürssen undertakes with the German precision for which we are world-renowned.”

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