MYS 2021: Lurssen Leads the Way on Sustainability
Joining Superyachts.com for an exclusive insight into one of Germany's leading shipyards, we discussed strategy, stability and sustainability with Lurssen CEO Peter Lurssen, as well as the year that changed the world.
With challenges come great opportunity. Despite the obstacles of the last year, Lurssen Yachts has remained positive that business will return to usual post-pandemic. "We are picking up now and running back to being on schedule," shared the CEO. "We are catching up and I hope that, by next year, we will be back on track for most of the programmes."
We discussed the Lurssen yachts appearing at the show which are a true example of the company's stable position both as a Top 100 buillder of the largest yachts in the world, as well as a leader in the 'middle-market', and refit. "We have a couple of Lurssen yachts in the show with brokers; there is Kismet and there is Skat which is one of the very first Espen Oeino designs." says Peter Lurssen. The iconic exterior design of the 70m Skat was created by Espen Oeino with the essentials of comfort and performance in mind.
With innovation and excellence being two words intrinsic to the Lurssen heritage, it is also a vital part of its future outlook. Sustainability, being a key theme at Lurssen, has long been close to the family's heart, and is evidenced in vessels that implement green technology, transition the industry forward into net-zero. "Sustainability is possibly the one overriding topic we have, not only in the yachting world but obviously world-wide."
With fuel cell technology implemented, and a portfolio of thriving eco-vessels that offer milestone achievements both for the shipyard and the industry as a whole, it seems clear Lurssen is taking seriously the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, as a guidance for the industry's progression as maritime leaders. "We have a client who agreed to have a fuel cell on his yacht which I think will be one of the first." shares the CEO. "[the yacht] can be at anchor for 20 days or can cruise more that 1000 miles, it is effectively zero emission".
There is plenty on the horizon too at Lurssen "Project Jag has been launched and is now in the outfitting stage. Project Enzo is in the water and will be delivered towards the end of the year." shares Peter Lurssen. "And that is as much as I am allowed to tell."
"We have always had the strategy of trying to serve the whole width of the market; or length in this case!"