Luerssen Defence

100 years of experience and quality

The foundations for what is now the Norderwerft shipyard were laid by the lieutenant and shipbuilder Reinhold F. Holtz, who ran a small boatyard in Hamburg’s Övelgönne district at the beginning of the 20th century. Soon after, in 1906, the yard relocated to Reiherstieg in the heart of the Port of Hamburg due to its business expansion. Not only did the German Imperial Navy and the Hamburg Senate place their trust in the Norderwerft shipyard as a quality shipbuilder and repairs specialist; so too did numerous customers based abroad.


Following the company’s reconstruction in the late 1940s under the auspices of the new owner Johann Rathje Köhler, it increasingly began to work on building icebreakers, ferries, barges and fishing vessels, and above all motor cargo vessels and tankers.


From 1972, the Norderwerft shipyard, now owned by the Sietas Group, became a customer’s first port of call in Germany for the repair and conversion of feeder vessels. At the same time, Norderwerft employees were also successfully handling the technical commissioning of a great many special newbuildings, including working vessels such as trailing suction hopper dredgers and heavy-lift vessels. When the Hamburg shipyard was incorporated into the Bremen-based Lürssen shipyard group in October 2012, its portfolio of repairing, servicing and converting commercial and naval vessels was optimally expanded to include repair services for and refits of yachts.