Leading superyacht builder Lurssen has won a bidding contest to buy a shipyard sold by the financially troubled Detlef Hegemann group. The other bidders are reported to have included Abeking & Rasmussen.

The facility is the Rolandweft shipyard in Berne on the River Weser close to the Lurssen yard at Bardenfleth and its two others yards in Bremen. The Rolandweft yard can accommodate in-build vessels up to 140m (460ft).

The price paid has not been disclosed but SB understands that the deal will be completed on June 1 and that the existing 130 strong workforce will be kept on.

The yard is considered to be modern offering three construction halls, sophisticated welding systems and a synchro-lift for vessels up to 3,800t. Currently it is being used to build a series of 10 container ships.

Lurssen does not concentrate yacht building at any one of its yards, preferring instead to share it around according to size of craft.

The Lurssen spokeswoman explained to SB that “At Bardenfleth we build up to 60m (197ft). Vessels between 60m and 85m (197ft-278ft) are constructed at Rendsburg while the two Bremen yards handle 80m-100m (262-328ft) and 100m (328ft) plus respectively.”

Rolandswerft will therefore add extra capacity at the upper end of Lurssen’s superyacht sector.

The current superyacht orderbook of Lurssen extends to 2013 and includes yachts up to at least 110m (360ft). Six yachts are due to be delivered this year including the 87m (285ft) Phoenix2 (Project J-24) which was launched earlier this month.