Fire Breaks Out at Lürssen Shipyard

14 September 2018 By Lauren Beck

A major fire broke out at the floating dock at Lürssen’s shipyard at Bremen-Aumund, Germany, at 2 a.m. September 14. A new-build vessel was also involved in the blaze. According to a statement from Lürssen, there were no casualties, and emergency procedures saw all those aboard safely evacuated and evaluated for effects from the fire. The shipyard’s entire premises were also evacuated as a precaution, and no other buildings or vessels were affected.

More than 110 firefighters and rescuers were onsite, helped by a team from the Jos. L. Meyer shipyard. Lürssen reports that the cause and extent of the damage are unknown.

Lürssen released the following statement at about 12 p.m. Bremen local time:
“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 fire fighting department and emergency response teams were alarmed.

Additionally the whole premises were evacuated. Currently, no casualties are known. At the moment, 110 fire fighters 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.”

UPDATE: 9/15/2018
Lürssen issued a second update after the fire in the yard, maintaining that the fire is under control, and there is no further danger of the fire spreading, although they plan to continue fire suppression measures. The 180 fire fighters on duty are being slowly 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,” the statement read in part. “Currently no statement can be made at this stage as to the cause of the fire or the extent of the damage.”