German naval shipbuilders Lürssen and Naval Yards intend to join forces

Lürssen intends to establish a long-term cooperation in naval shipbuilding with German Naval Yards Kiel. The existing military and naval surface shipbuilding activities are to be contributed into a joint company and led by Bremen-based Lürssen Group.

The objective of the combination is to improve the structure of the German shipbuilding industry and to bolster its efficiency and sustainability. This week, the two shareholding families have successfully laid the foundation for a definitive contractual agreement for the joint company. The proposed combination remains subject to approval by the relevant merger control authorities.

The combination addresses the German public customer’s request to establish industrial structures that guarantee reliable domestic availability and an efficient cost structure. In addition to the construction of highly innovative and technologically advanced naval vessels, this also includes the functional integrity of such vessels over the entire life cycle.

‘We are convinced that the consolidation of our naval shipyards has significant strategic merit and will strengthen their competitiveness in the future,’ says Friedrich Lürßen, shareholder of the Lürssen Group. ‘We are pursuing this step with the objective to provide a more comprehensive and efficient offering for the supply and maintenance of high-quality naval units to the national customer.nWith this strategic project, we also want to actively contribute to mitigating the effects of the current corona pandemic and to safeguard the national industry’s jobs and technological capabilities in the long-term.’

German key technology

The recent classification of the entire naval shipbuilding industry as German “key technology” by the German Government in the context of the revised “Strategy paper for the strengthening of the German security and defense industry” supports such a request. The strengthening of the domestic naval shipbuilding industry through a combined entity between Lürssen and German Naval Yards Kiel meets these objectives and further strengthens the ability of Northern German shipyards and the domestic maritime supply industry to successfully compete on a global scale.

The German Government, represented by their Maritime Coordinator, Norbert Brackmann, MdB, was involved in the process from early stages on.

‘The consolidation in Germany is long overdue,’ comments Iskandar Safa, CEO of Privinvest Holding SAL, the ultimate parent company of German Naval Yards Kiel GmbH. ‘Germany has first-class naval yards and excellent technologies. However, our customers require partners with sufficient scale and capabilities to fulfil large-scale orders of strategic importance. Our customers can be better served if domestic players join forces. We have made an important step into the right direction today.’

Picture: Naval Yards’ General Purpose Corvette 90 (GPC 90) (by German Naval Yards Kiel).

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.