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Fr. Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co.KG
Company typeGmbH
Founded1875; 149 years ago (1875)
FounderFriedrich Lürssen
Area served
Key people
Peter Lürssen (CEO)
Naval ships
Revenue 1.830 billion
Number of employees
DivisionsFr. Lürssen Werft
Lürssen Logistics
Lürssen Yachts
Lürssen Schacht-Audorf (Rendsburg)
Lürssen Berne-Bardenfleth
Footnotes / references
My firm shall be known as the leader in both quality and performance
(Friedrich Lürssen, 1875)

Lürssen (or Lürssen Werft) is a German shipyard with headquarters in Bremen-Vegesack and shipbuilding facilities in Lemwerder, Berne and Bremen-Fähr-Lobbendorf.

Plant in Lemwerder
Plant in Schacht-Audorf (Rendsburg)

Lürssen designs and constructs yachts, naval ships and special vessels. Trading as Lürssen Yachts, it is one of the leading builders of custom superyachts such as Paul Allen's Octopus, David Geffen's Rising Sun, and Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan's Azzam, the second largest private yacht in the world at 180 m in length after the REV Ocean.[1][2]


On 27 June 1875 the 24 year-old Friedrich Lürssen set up a boatbuilding workshop in Aumund, a suburb of Bremen, Germany. The focus of work in the first years was on work boats for fishing and ferry operations. Hull number one was a five meter long rowboat. From the 1880s Lürssen opened up the sport boat market. In 1886 the first motorboat in the world was built by Lürssen (according to his own account).[3]

In 2016 Lürssen acquired shipbuilding company Blohm+Voss in a long-term partnership.[4]

On 1 March 2018, a German consortium consisting of Thyssen Krupp and Lürssen was excluded by the German government from the tender for the construction of the multi-purpose warship MKS 180 for the benefit of GNY (German Naval Yards), belonging to the Prinvinvest group, and the Dutch shipbuilder Damen.[5]

On 14 September 2018, a fire broke out in the floating dock at Fähr-Lobbendorf, burning the then-under construction structure of the yacht Sassi.[6] With around 900 emergency services deployed, it was the largest deployment of the Bremen fire brigade in the post-war period. The damage was estimated at more than 610 million euros.

On 29 September 2021, it was announced by Peter Lürssen, owner of company, Blohm+Voss to be downsizing, from the ~ 580 workers, more than 100 would leave the company, the docks are to be reviewed, no more cruise ships would be renewed in Hamburg, nor tankers and container ships. B+V stays only with the NVL defence ships and the yachts business. The area of installations is to be reduced as well. The Department of Projects of New Buildings was dissolved.[7]

Class 424[edit]

German Navy wanted to replace its SIGINT ships of Oste class 423 by three new ships of class 424. In June 2021, the Bundestag approved the development and procurement of three auxiliary ships as well as a training and reference reconnaissance facility (ARAA) for sea-based signal detection reconnaissance (ssA). As the main contractor, Lürssen was commissioned to develop the systems by February 2023. All services should be completed by 2029. The first of the three boats is scheduled to be put into service in 2027 and will mark the replacement of the fleet service boats Oker, Alster and Oste from the 1980this.[8]

When concluding the contract with Naval Vessels Lürssen (NVL) in June 2021, the Federal Audit Office, Bundesrechnungshof reported “significant concerns”. It criticized the fact that the Ministry of Defense only wanted to discuss with the shipyard after the contract had been signed how exactly the ships should be built. "Billions were awarded blindly and a very bad negotiating situation," wrote the Süddeutsche Zeitung. The Federal Audit Office feared "additional expenditure in the medium term."[9]

In 2023, the ships only existed vaguely and sketchily on paper.The new building increased in price from 2.1 billion euros to 3.3 billion euros (2023).[8][10] The Federal court of Audit, Bundesrechnungshof intervened in 2023 and stated that there were significant risks arising from the contract structure with Lürssen.


Below is a list of all the yachts built by Lürssen:

Naval Vessels Lürssen[edit]

NVL is the military division of Lürssen and is building small to medium size naval vessels mainly for exporting.

Lürssen was awarded a 2.6 billion contract in 2017 to build twelve patrol boats for the Australian Navy. Work began in Adelaide in mid-2018. Lürssen was the general contractor and was responsible for the design, construction management and the overall manufacturing process. The first "Offshore Patrol Vessel" (OPV) was delivered in 2021 and replaced the Royal Australian Navy former Armidale-class vessels.[11]

Naval ships[edit]

Naval ships built by Lürssen include:

Lürssen is currently also involved with the building of Braunschweig-class corvettes and is part of the ARGE F125 joint-venture designing the Baden-Württemberg-class frigates.

Lürssen has the contract to design and build twelve Arafura-class offshore patrol vessels for Australia. Construction of the first two will be in Adelaide by ASC Pty Ltd. The remaining ten will be constructed in Western Australia by Civmec.





  • Lursen-S was the name of a Soviet counter-espionage operation of the late 1940s/early 1950s that infiltrated and compromised Operation Jungle, an MI6 program that used Lürssen E-boats to insert British-trained Baltic agents into the Soviet Union.
  • Lürssen has an app offering a gallery of pictures for most of their luxury yachts along with the length measurements.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Daniel Fisher (2013-04-05). "German Shipyard Launches World's Largest Private Yacht At 591 Feet". Forbes.
  2. ^ Nicholls, Laura (24 August 2019). "World's largest yacht launched: The 183m REV Ocean". www.superyachttimes.com. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  3. ^ Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger. 16. September 2011, P. 11
  4. ^ "Breaking news: Lürssen acquires Blohm + Voss". superyachttimes.com. 28 September 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  5. ^ Murphy, Martin (March 1, 2018). "Deutsche Werften gehen bei Großauftrag der Marine leer aus". Handelsblatt.com.
  6. ^ "Lürssen shipyard fire under control". superyachttimes.com. September 16, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "Nächster Traditionswerft in Hamburg droht massiver Stellenabbau". October 2021.
  8. ^ a b ES&T Redaktion (2023-07-10). "Weitere Mittel für neue Flottendienstboote freigegeben". esut.de (in German). Retrieved 2023-11-24.
  9. ^ Ludwig, Kristiana; Szymanski, Mike (2023-06-28). "Kostenexplosion: Deutsche Aufklärungsschiffe 1,2 Milliarden Euro teurer". Süddeutsche.de (in German). Retrieved 2023-11-24.
  10. ^ Peters (NDR), Massimo Bognanni, Martin Kaul (WDR) und Nils Naber, Stella. "Kostenexplosion bei Spionageschiffen für die Bundeswehr". tagesschau.de (in German). Retrieved 2023-11-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  11. ^ "Milliardenauftrag an Bremer Lürssen-Werft – DW – 24.11.2017". dw.com (in German). Retrieved 2023-11-24.

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