Lürs­sen - From sea giant to mu­ch smal­ler

THE SEA GIANTS DREAM SMALL

Superyacht - - WHAT’S ON - By Ni­co Ca­po­net­to

On­ly when you’re in­si­de the shell of what will be­co­me a 111 me­tre ya­cht, when you step across bor­ders whi­ch will be de­fi­ned as bul­kheads, when you walk along en­gi­ne rooms as big as apart­men­ts, and along open walls whi­ch will re­cei­ve ki­lo­me­tres of ca­bles, wi­res sen­sors pi­pes, then you get a fir­st hand view of the com­ple­xi­ties in­vol­ved in a world of the kind and you may ima­gi­ne how mu­ch know how and ef­fort goes in­to the pro­ject’s plan­ning pha­se in the back of­fi­ce. And be­fo­re this, al­mo­st two cen­tu­ries ago, whi­ch we­re the vi­sions that ha­ve al­lo­wed Lurs­sen to rank among lea­ding shi­pyards re­no­w­ned for their ex­tre­me qua­li­ty eve­ry­whe­re. Our voya­ge took us th­rou­gh the cur­rent uni­que world of eli­te

shi­p­buil­ding – 180 me­tre Az­zam cur­ren­tly the world’s lon­ge­st ya­cht is Lurs­sen’s work from the dra­wing board to de­li­ve­ry – the com­pa­ny was foun­ded back in 1875 in Bre­men when Frie­dri­ch Lurs­sen de­ci­ded to start up his own shi­pyard. A dif­fi­cult feat to ima­gi­ne even to­day jud­ging by the sheer si­ze and or­ga­ni­za­tion of the yard and how pro­duc­tion mu­st ha­ve been in the be­gin­ning. Great chan­ges the­re­fo­re but what seems un­chan­ged is the phi­lo­so­phy and com­pa­ny po­li­cies whi­ch can be un­der­stood as a heal­thy ob­ses­sion for excellence. In the be­gin­ning the yard’s main ac­ti­vi­ty was buil­ding row boa­ts and ra­cing ca­noes whi­ch soon we­re wan­ted th­rou­ghout Ger­ma­ny for their qua­li­ty, wa­ter­li­nes and sin­gu­lar de­si­gn whi­ch ma­de them su­ch win­ners. Al­ber­to Per­ro­ne Da Za­ra has now been per­pe­tua­ting the con­cept of sin­gu­la­ri­ty for four years when he was ta­ken on at Lurs­sen and is now Ya­cht Ser­vi­ce Di­rec­tor. It was he who ac­com­pa­nied us th­rou­gh the va­rious sec­tions of the shi­pyard wi­th Mi­chael Bre­man Sa­les Di­rec­tor who poin­ted out a new com­pa­ny po­li­cy as we wal­ked around bet­ween han­gars , their de­si­re to build smal­ler ya­ch­ts. “We’ve fi­nal­ly de­ci­ded to lo­wer the si­ze of our en­try le­vel – he says - the pro­cess up un­til re­cen­tly took years to ma­tu­re but fi­nal­ly the de­ci­sion was ma­de and it ca­me at the right ti­me. I don’t wi­sh to seem im­mo­de­st in say­ing we ha­ve rea­ched ex­cel­lent le­vels in terms of qua­li­ty and the mar­ket is still ve­ry mu­ch on our si­de. But to­day we need to pre­pa­re to build smal­ler uni­ts wi­th exac­tly the sa­me qua­li­ty le­vel to sa­ti­sfy in­crea­sing re­quests from ma­ny ow­ners wan­ting to buy a smal­ler Lurs­sen su­pe­rya­ch­ts. But smal­ler by how mu­ch? On that we ha­ven’t put a fi­gu­re yet, but if we’re tal­king about 55 me­tres we are al­rea­dy in bu­si­ness, we can do that now”. Our fir­st stop is at the Rend­sburg buil­ding si­te whe­re 370 peo­ple hand­le the con­struc­tion of ya­ch­ts from 60 to 110 me­tres. Right he­re along the banks of the Kiel Ca­nal whi­ch link the

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