With the B+V facility in Hamburg, Lürssen now operates across eight shipyards engaging in superyacht new build, refit and repair; naval new build and refit; and commercial repair and refit. David Robinson reports.

Superyacht Graceful at Blohm+Voss shipyard

Superyacht Graceful at Blohm+Voss shipyard

Following the takeover last year of Blohm+Voss (B+V) by the Lürssen Group, it has now been confirmed that it will stay as a separate brand within the group.

“Blohm+Voss will remain an independent company with its own management,” explains Oliver Grün, media relations manager. “With the acquisition of Blohm+Voss we took over a shipyard with a strategically advantageous location and versatile production facilities.

“We want to use these facilities to complement our existing refit and repair activities and also to offer our customers an ever better service,” he says. “In addition, we would like to utilise the competence and experience of the shipyard and its employees for the new build of complex naval ships and continue their production at the Hamburg site.”

Grün continues: “The construction of yachts at the Hamburg yard will depend on the overall market situation and it is difficult to judge at this time. Over the coming weeks, we will concentrate on exchanging information with the new employees on site in Hamburg in order to get a concrete picture on the ground, and on this basis, step by step, we will develop and implement the initial processes to connect the Hamburg shipyard to our group.”

Expanding operations

With the B+V facility in Hamburg, Lürssen now operates across eight shipyards engaging in superyacht new build, refit and repair; naval new build and refit; and commercial repair and refit. The group ranks as one of Germany’s largest shipbuilders, if not its largest.

The addition of the B+V shipyard notably enhances Lürssen Group’s resources. The Hamburg shipyard includes seven dry and floating docks between 143m-351m (469.5ft-1,152ft) as well 2,100m (6,895ft) of quay and 92,000sq m of covered workshops.

Both companies are long-standing players in Germany’s shipbuilding industry with Lürssen and B+V dating from 1875 and 1877 respectively.

The takeover also means that SYBAss is losing one of its members.