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Update: Lürssen shipyard fire now under control

New-Build Business
Written by
Vivian Hendriksz
  • Update: 17:00 Saturday, 15 September 2018

Lürssen has just released the following update statement:

"As of this morning (15th September), the fire has been under control. According to the fire department, there is no further danger of the fire spreading, although fire suppression measures will continue for the time being. Currently, about 180 firefighters of the Bremen fire departments and of the surrounding counties as well as the fire department of the Jos. L. Meyer Shipyard are on duty, but are being gradually released. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the tireless efforts and professional response of all those involved, including the fire service, police, the technical support unit, and our own employees. Currently, no statement can be made at this stage as to the cause of the fire or the extent of the damage."

  • 12:00 PM  

Firefighters battled through the night on Friday with more reinforcements arriving at the scene from nearby Papenburg as well as some 20 ship firefighting specialists from Hamburg. Special equipment is being used to gain access to the yacht through the outer construction of the shed and the vessel inside to reach the hidden source of the fire. Smoke being emitted from the shed has nearly disappeared, but the intense heat inside the building is making it impossible for crews to advance deeper into the floating dock. Authorities report that nearly 500 firefighting personnel has contributed to the operation thus far.

According to a Lürssen spokesperson, the dock itself has been stabilised, eliminating the possibility of the structure capsizing. 

  • 18:00 PM Friday, 14 September 2018

According to local news sources still at the scene, the fire continues to burn inside the shed as firefighters struggle to make progress due to the immense heat inside the floating dock and the inaccessibility to the shed as a result of the fire's location. It is difficult to determine the state of the yacht inside under the current circumstances and it is said that firefighters will likely be working around the clock over the weekend to get the situation under control. 

  • 12:10 PM

An official statement from Lürssen has been released:

"In the early morning at approximately 02:00 a fire broke out in the floating dock of the Fr. Lürssen Shipyard in Bremen-Aumund and onboard the yacht within it. The emergency procedures commenced immediately, in the course of which the persons still working on board were evacuated and examined with respect to possible smoke intoxication and the firefighting department and emergency response teams were alarmed.

Additionally, the whole premises were evacuated. Currently, no casualties are known. At the moment, 110 firefighters and rescuers are onsite, also supported by a team of the Jos. L. Meyer shipyard. Further buildings or other ships were not affected. No statement can be made so far towards the cause of the fire or the extent of the damage."

  • 11:50 AM

Additional fire crews have been requested to join the scene and a total of 170 forces are on the ground at the moment. The layout of the shed and that of the vessel inside are hindering fire crew to enter the building. 

  • 08:50 AM

A major fire broke out at Lürssen’s shipyard in Bremen early Friday morning. A floating dock and building shed, where a 100-metre plus superyacht was under construction, caught fire. Local media reports more than 100 firefighters were dispatched to the site. No individuals have been injured during the incident.Fire at Lürssen shipyard in BremenPhoto: Christian Eckardt

The fire is said to have broken out around 02:00 Friday morning by a floating dock, the cause of which is yet to be determined. Initial reports indicate that three of the decks of the superyacht caught fire. Fire at Lürssen shipyard in BremenPhoto: Christian EckardtFire at Lürssen shipyard in BremenPhoto: Christian EckardtFire at Lürssen shipyard in BremenPhoto: Christian Eckardt

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