Lürssen signs order for small superyacht

By David Robinson
Thu Oct 11 2018, 13:01 PM

German builder to deliver 54m vessel to its Asian owner in 2021

Like other builders of large superyachts, Germany’s Lürssen used the Monaco Yacht Show to promote the message that it can also build small superyachts. To underline this, Lürssen has announced a new order for a 54m (177ft) for a very experienced Asian yacht owner.

Called Project 13800 with completion scheduled for spring 2021, the exterior and interior design is by Bannenberg & Rowell Design. The new yacht is a four-deck craft and has lots of exterior spaces to allow for multiple entertaining for owner and guests. The yacht is said to have a masculine yet elegant touch while maintaining harmonious lines.

“We are really excited to rekindle our long-standing relationship with Lürssen to work on the first interior and exterior collaboration sine Coral Island in 1994,” said Dickie Bannenberg. “Project 13800 marks an important step into a new market segment for both Bannenberg & Rowell and Lürssen and we greatly look forward to her launch in spring 2021.”

Peter Lürssen, managing partner, said: “While we are very grateful for the success of our large builds, it is essential not to forget that our core business must be between 50m and 80m. Although the preconception is that Lürssen only builds large yachts, we have delivered a considerable number of smaller vessels over the last 15 years, including 29 under 90m (296ft).”

Lürssen is said to be actively targeting projects in the 50m-60m range and the successful conclusion of Project 13800 is a first step in re-establishing the brand as a serious proposition for yachts in that size range.

Other builders like Feadship and Fincantieri have followed a similar path of seeking smaller-sized yachts.

To further reinforce its pursuit of smaller- sized yachts, Lürssen has issued a book called ‘The Concept Collection’ which includes nine different design ideas produced by the finalists of the 2018 Young Designer of the Year Award.

The other message from Lürssen at Monaco was that it was very much open for refit business. Following its acquisition of Blohm + Voss two years ago, that company’s shipyard is now key to Lürssen’s refit activities. Along with its existing facilities the company says it is second to none in northern Germany in being able to undertake multiple large refits at one time.

It underpinned this statement by indicating that by early October two more yachts would arrive at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg. One of these, delivered by Lürssen in 2003, will be undergoing a substantial refit and be in the yard until November 2019. The other, built by B+V in 2008, will stay for six months.

Lürssen said that during the last year more than a dozen yachts between 50m and well over 100m have used the Lürssen facilities for modifications and maintenance works – eight of them alone in the B+V yard in Hamburg, including Lady Moura, Yas, Rising Sun, Radiant and Alfa Nero.

As to the fire in the shipyard, at the Monaco show the yard were still awaiting to gain access to the shed which was at the heart of the fire. There was no mention of the 100m-plus yacht that was a casualty of the fire.

It is not known but Moran has three projects at Lürssen over 100m. They are Project Redwood 142m for 2020 delivery; Project Kali 110m for 2021 delivery and Project Icecap 107m also for delivery in 2021.