Effective immediately, the Lürssen Group will operate its naval shipbuilding business under the new umbrella brand NVL (Naval Vessels Lürssen). The NVL Group will unite all defence locations and thus all shipbuilding competencies of the Defence division. Newbuilds and refits of the Yachts division will remain unchanged under the Lürssen brand.

The new company NVL was spun off from Fr. Lürssen Werft as it is going to be the future lead company of the NVL Group. The NVL Group’s responsibilities therefore include the entire newbuild spectrum as well as all repair activities of naval vessels and coast guard boats. The Yachts division will be run by Fr. Lürssen Werft as the lead company. The family-run group of companies has its headquarters based in Bremen.

‘With the Yachts and Defence divisions, we serve very different and increasingly heterogeneous markets and target groups. In addition, complexity is growing in both civil and military shipbuilding. In order to make the most of our competencies as shipbuilders and our infrastructure at our shipyard locations, we have decided to clearly separate the two divisions,’ explains Friedrich Lürssen, shareholder of the Lürssen Group.

His cousin and fellow shareholder, Peter Lürssen, adds: ‘With this strategic decision, we want to give our two divisions the scope they need to tailor structures and processes even more specifically to the needs of their respective customers. We are convinced that this approach will allow us to strengthen our domestic and international competitiveness and to ensure that our Group is positioned to meet the challenges of the future in the long run.’

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Peene-Werft & Blohm+Voss

The lead company of the NVL Group, which is headquartered in Bremen-Vegesack, will be jointly managed by Dr Klaus Borgschulte and Tim Wagner as spokespersons, together with Dirk Malgowski and Lena Ströbele. The NVL Group includes the newbuild sites Peene-Werft in Wolgast and Blohm+Voss in Hamburg, the service activities of Lürssen Logistics, the two repair yards Neue Jadewerft in Wilhelmshaven and Norderwerft in Hamburg, and operations in Australia, Bulgaria and Brunei.

‘All current projects for the German Navy and for our international customers will continue unchanged under the new umbrella brand,’ says Tim Wagner. ‘As a privately managed shipyard Group, we are and will remain independent and thus highly flexible.’

Yacht division

Under the Lürssen brand, the entire newbuild portfolio of the Yacht division will be continued unchanged by the Bremen-based Fr. Lürssen Werft, together with the Lürssen-Kröger Werft in Schacht-Audorf. Likewise, all activities for yacht refits and services at the Bremen and Hamburg locations will be managed by the Yacht division. Fr. Lürssen Werft as the holding company of the Yacht division is managed by Peter Lürßen as chairman, Dr Justus Reinke, Lena Ströbele, Sebastian Rheineck and York Ilgner. Both divisions and all associated companies will remain part of the Lürssen Group, which will continue to be family-run.

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Picture by NVL Group.