Thursday, 16 July 2015

Surpassing Furthest Milestone

Fr. Lürssen Werft Celebrates 140 Years of Global Shipbuilding Heritage

Sections of the Type F125 frigates are being constructed at different locations at the same time and later married together.
(Photo: Fr. Lürssen Werft)

Leading in Quality and Performance

The German Navy’s new flagship, the Type F125 frigate “Baden-Württemberg” (F 222), is to prove to the world’s naval community their inherent expertise in naval shipbuilding Fr. Lürssen Werft has developed over the past decades. German naval sources said at the christening ceremony of her sister ship, “Nordrhein-Westfalen” (F 223), in Hamburg on 16 April 2015 the shipbuilding expertise found in this new class of surface warships marks another major milestone towards the strategic partnership between Fr. Lürssen Werft and the German customer. Fr. Lürssen Werft, part of the ARGE F125 consortium, not only delivered a new ship but also a vision of what quality and performance can mean in today’s naval shipbuilding. Today, a little over a third of the shipbuilder’s workload is still for the German Navy. This reputation also forms the company’s ‘key’ for addressing worldwide demands for sophisticated surface ships.
It cannot be ignored that ‘globalisation’ plays a key role in Fr. Lürssen’s vision to address new markets The shipbuilder was exceptionally successful over the past several years in identifying new customers mainly in Asia: the Royal Brunei Navy is said to be a premier example, with the Government of Brunei having ordered four 80m Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) equipped with an assortment of the latest in shipboard automation systems, navigation aids, sensors, and weapons. Fr. Lürssen delivered them – in two batches – in 2011 and 2014 – the vessels are described as a “completely new capability” of the Royal Brunei Navy.
The company’s role as an innovator seems to be the prerequisite for continuing success in identifying new customers, both military and commercial. Military products like the PV 80 or PV 85 will cope with a growing demand for multimission-capable surface assets capable of supporting the agile development of defence capabilities in response to rapidly changing operational requirements.


The patrol vessel KDB “Darulaman” (08), third-in-the-class of four 80m OPVs Fr. Lürssen Werft built for the Royal Brunei Navy, is seen here entering Sydney Harbour as part of the warship fleet at the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review 2013.
(Photo: Saberwyn)
Founded by Friedrich Lürßen in 1875, the shipyard achieved a number of major milestone throughout its history: building the first motorboat in 1886; designing record-breaking speedboats shortly before WWI (upon which Fr. Lürssen earned a reputation for performance); delivery of the first large yacht “Oheka II” in 1927 (that set the standards for large yachts); manufacturing of racing and pleasure boats in the 1920s and 1930s; launching of the first superyacht in 1971 (which is now seen as a precursor of the modern Lürssen yachts) – to only name a few. The Lürßen family continues to be dedicated to the defining principle of “leading in quality and performance”. This founding philosophy is purely the ‘blueprint’ for how Fr. Lürssen is recognised today on a worldwide scale. “We always try to be at the forefront of technology, methods of production, and quality”, said the company.
Spanning a history of 140 years, no other shipbuilder in the world owns this magnificent heritage. Also a technology leader in integrated logistics support (including system documentation, spare part management and supply, and repair, refits, and upgrades) and consultancy, Fr. Lürssen, which now has several manufacturing locations across northern Germany, is always eager to be at least two steps ahead of others, offering best practice to its commercial and military customers. However, because the markets are forever-changing places, the shipyard’s leadership knows that it will have to adapt to the ever-changing requirements in the future.
Stefan Nitschke


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