Blohm & Voss Yachts
Blohm + Voss (also known as Blohm & Voss) is a superyacht building shipyard based in Germany and is at present a subsidiary of the huge industrial company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. Blohm & Voss Yachts build very large custom and technically challenging luxury yachts – both motor yachts and sailing yachts. These private superyachts have certainly made their mark in the world of yachting. The company’s yacht fleet includes famous superyachts including the largest private mega yacht in the world, yacht ECLIPSE. Other Blohm & Voss yacht names are motor yacht A, MAYAN QUEEN, LADY MOURA, GOLDEB ODYSSEY and ENIGMA. Also, there are some interesting yachts currently being built at the German yard. When these luxury yachts are launched they too will add to the growing Blohm & Voss superyacht legacy.
Founded way back on April 5, 1877 by Herman Blohm and Ernest Voss as a general partnership under the name of Blohm & Voss, the shipyard is located on the island of Kuhwerder, near the Free and Hanseatic League City of Hamburg. The company is more than a century old and has continued building ships and other large machines despite being nearly demolished at the end of World War II. At present, it builds warships both for the Deutsche Marine and for export (see MEKO), as well as oil drilling equipment and ships for numerous commercial customers.
Blohm + Voss Shipyard is a company within the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. As management holding company, Hamburg-based ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems parents the new shipyard group, bundling staff and service functions which are furnished to the various companies. ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems operate five yards, two of which are focused on building and refitting yachts. Blohm + Voss Shipyards with building facilities in Hamburg and Kiel (HDW Gaarden), specializes on the technically sophisticated large and very large yachts. The shipyard has covered docks offering ideal circumstances for new building as well as for the refit of yachts up to nearly 200 m (650 ft). Additionally one covered dry-dock with a capacity of approximately 300 m (980 ft) can be used in Kiel. The yard enjoys location advantages with North European coasts being rich with the industries, craftsmen, artists and artisans supplying the myriad of components required.
Blohm + Voss Shipyard has set innumerable benchmarks like the licensees of Rudolf Diesel’s great invention; the self-combusting engine with its unmatched fuel efficiency, the company pioneered its introduction on grand yachts. It built the first yacht ever with an anti-roll gyrostabiliser. Over 70 years ago, one of the deliveries took another first with a garage housing a stately limousine. The yard has built the only yacht ever to have an indoor swimming pool. Other yachts were the first to have divided into multi compartment sections with centrally operated fire and flood doors.
Yachting splendour made by Blohm + Voss: LADY MOURA in Hamburg was one of the finest yachts in the yachting industry. Apart from that the 127m OCTOPUS is also a master piece made y the shipyard at their Kiel building site. Of the world’s legendary yachts, the group has built over 70 of vessels. The first true yacht delivered by the shipyard was built for the German Emperor in 1872, who had ordered the HOHENZOLLERN, a 250 ft paddle wheeler.
Blohm + Voss motor yachts are some of the finest, most sophisticated vessels afloat with incomparable engineering features like trailblazers - Flight decks with twin helicopter hangers. Large yachts display unmistakable silhouettes. Their details are a symphony of design and perfect execution. The yard enjoys a close, fruitful working spirit with the world’s premier designers, naval architects and interior stylists including amongst others, Cox and Stevens, Ceasar Pinnau, Terrance Disdale, Andrew Winch, Martin Francis, J.F. Platou, Luigi Sturchio, Tim Heywood, Philippe Starck, New Cruise, Espen Oino, Paolo Scanu, Hermidas Atabeyki and Donald Starkey.
A large yacht remains one of the few, ultimate symbols and statements of success. The yachts today have become more viable and increasingly versatile due to virtually unlimited communication technologies, on board aircraft, longer ranges, greater efficiency, reduced on-board staff numbers – and last but not least – comfort, style and furnishings fulfilling every wish.
Here are the Blohm + Voss yachts built to date: