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Nobiskrug GmbH
Industry Shipbuilding
Founded 1905
Headquarters Rendsburg, Germany
Products Superyachts, Naval Vessels,Offshore Platforms
Owner Privinvest
Number of employees

Nobiskrug is a German shipyard with over 100 years of tradition and experience in the construction of vessels. Nobiskrug is specialized in the construction of superyachts, naval vessels and offshore-platforms and employs about thousand highly skilled people in its facilities in Rendsburg and Kiel.

The shipyard focuses on design and construction of custom sailing and motor yachts ranging from 60m to over 200m in length. Additionally the Refit and Repair Department – not only at the German shipyards but also worldwide – offers exceptional possibilities for maintenance and refits as well as conversions of yachts, naval vessels and commercial vessels. Founded in 1905, Nobiskrug delivered approximately 800 vessels.

Nobiskrug’s facilities in Rendsburg at the Kiel Canal are a place for newbuilds, repairs and refit of mega yachts and naval vessels. The two dry docks (160m and 200m) and the two slipways can accommodate vessels up to 200 m. The fully airconditioned and humidity controlled superyacht hall is dedicated to the outfitting and painting of megayachts. Its partition bulkhead even allows for docking of a second vessel separately. Furthermore, Nobiskrug also carries out services and repairs with flying squads worldwide.

The Nobiskrug site in Kiel is dedicated to larger yachts, naval programmes and offshore platforms. Three dry docks from 245m up to 426m with a beam up to 90m allow largest constructions. The hole area is served by a 900t gantry crane with a height of 92m. A fully automatic panel line allows large projects with a perfectly controlled quality.

The Lindenau Werft is the third Nobiskrug yard in Kiel Friedrichsort. A 160m floating dock is dedicated to refit and repair projects perfectly located at the entrance of the Kiel Canal.

In the past decade, Nobiskrug has been building luxurious motor yachts from 60 m onwards. The first superyacht built by Nobiskrug was M/Y “TATOOSH” (93 m), followed by M/Y TRIPLE SEVEN (68m), M/Y SIREN (73m), M/Y SYCARA V (68m), M/Y JAMAICA BAY (60m), M/Y SAPPHIRE (73,5m), M/Y MOGAMBO (74m), M/Y FLYING FOX (74m) and M/Y ODESSA II (73.5m) amongst them several award winners such as MOGAMBO, SIREN and SYCARA V.


Nobiskrug was founded in 1905 by Otto Stork. The company changed to a limited liability company (GmbH), November 12, 1908, and a canal expansion work brought a steady stream of waterway construction vessels to the shipyard for repairs and refits. By the start of World War I, the shipyard had built a total of 70 vessels, mainly pontoons, barges and lighters.

During the war, the company built a number of auxiliary ships for the Kaiserliche Marine and started building minesweepers. They also launched its first two cargo steamboats in 1917 for German owners. Germany’s defeat in World War I temporarily halted the country’s export shipbuilding industry, but the company switched production to deep-sea fishing steamers and later, again, cargo steamers. In 1930 the company scored a major coup with contracts for a series of three-mast schooner yachts.

During the period from 1935 to 1939, the shipyard supplied the German Ministry of Finance with three customs cruisers, the Nettelbeck, the York, and the Freiherr von Stein. Shortly before and during World War II, the Kaiserliche Marine and Luftwaffe placed orders with Nobiskrug for a range of auxiliary ships including several ocean-going tugs and tankers.

During the immediate post-war years, the company concentrated on ship conversions and repairs. From 1945 to 1955 advanced in building larger vessels. In 1963 the shipyard delivered the then highly sophisticated navy training ship Deutschland. One year later, Nobiskrug built its first ferry, the Prins Bertil. Four more ferries were built up until 1968. This period also saw the completion of a number of conventional freighters and asphalt tankers as well as heavy goods and RoRo vessels.

The early 1980s saw the construction of the research vessel Polarstern, and the diving support vessels Seabex One and Seaway Condor. In the mid-1980s the fortunes of the shipyard took a turn for the worse, leading ultimately to the verge of financial collapse in 1986.

Under these difficult circumstances, the yard lengthened the ocean cruise liner MS Berlin operated by Peter Deilmann Cruises. This ship is known to German TV viewers as cruise line in the German version of the Love Boat. The successful completion of this project was a sign of better things to come.

Nobiskrug was acquired in 1987 by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft and the shipyard was modernized into a compact shipyard, its maritime division specialising exclusively in repairs and conversions. Staffing levels were reduced dramatically, from more than 1,200 at the start of the 1980s to approximately 400.

In 1997 the shipyard supplied the forward half of the passenger ship MS Deutschland and then began work on the mega-yacht Tatoosh, which was completed in the summer of 2000.

In the past decade, Nobiskrug has been building luxurious superyachts from 60 m onwards.

Today Nobiskrug is part of the Privinvest Holding and its focus is the construction and refit and repair of superyachts.

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