One of the leading players in the very large private mega yacht building category, Nobiskrug Yachts is renowned for creating unique superyacht masterpieces with traditional fine German craftsmanship. Located on the Eider River in Rendsburg, Germany, Nobiskrug Shipbuilding Company specializes in building larger luxury yachts. Now a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi MAR, Nobiskrug accentuates on design as well as construction of one-off motor yacht projects ranging from 60m-200m in length. The name “Nobiskrug” is inspired by the ancient land-register designation for the site on which the shipyard is located. In mythology, Nobiskrug means the last stop in this world on the way to the next. The Shipyard is famous for its 73 m luxury motor yacht Siren, amongst others. Nobiskrug Yachts recently came into the limelight when it launched the newly finished hull of its 74 meter motor yacht Mogambo. However, the luxury yacht builder is also well known for its entirely custom 92 m superyacht Tatoosh.
The Nobiskrug in-house engineering department can manage several new build superyacht projects simultaneously. The large German shipyard can also handle the various requisite technical issues internally and the construction department contains the workshops for ship building, piping, machinery, lathe, electrical and high quality yacht interior custom manufacturing. At the time of writing this (2010) is evidenced by the company having at least five large motor yacht building projects underway concurrently being 60, 68, 73, 74 and another 74 metre luxury motor yachts. One of them the 74 m is called motor yacht Mogambo and she was launched in 2010.
The Nobiskrug Shipyard was founded in the year 1905 by Otto Stork. Three years later on November 12, 1908, the company converted into limited liability. During this year, a canal expansion project resulted in a steady stream of waterway-construction vessels directed to the yard for repair-works. Until the World War I began, this shipyard had built around 70 vessels, specifically pontoons, barges and lighters. The war proved a boon for the yard as it built many auxiliary ships for the Kaiserliche Marine. Later the company started building minesweepers and launched its first two cargo steamboats in 1917 for German owners. But Germany’s defeat in the war troubled the country’s export shipbuilding industry. However, this didn’t deter the company who switched its production to deep-sea fishing steamers and later to cargo steamers.
In a time-frame of four years from 1935 to 1939, the shipyard supplied the German Ministry of Finance with three customs cruisers, the Nettelbeck, the York, and the Freiherr von Stein. During this period, the world was gripped by World War II, where the Kaiserliche Marine and Luftwaffe ordered for a range of auxiliary ships, including several ocean-going tugs and tankers. The post-war years were concentrated on ship conversions and repairs; while during 1945 to 1955, the company progressed to building larger vessels. In the year 1963 the shipyard delivered the highly sophisticated navy training ship Deutschland. A year later, Nobiskrug built its first ferry, the Prins Bertil followed by four ferries until 1968. A number of conventional freighters and asphalt tankers as well as heavy goods and RoRo vessels were completed.
The research vessel, Polarstern, and the diving support vessels Seabex One and Seaway Condor were constructed in the early 1980s. However, the condition of the yard started deteriorating in the mid 1980s which led the company to the verge of financial collapse in the year 1986. To overcome this situation, the yard expanded the ocean cruise liner MS Berlin operated by Peter Deilmann Cruises. This ship is identified by German TV viewers as cruise line in the German version of the Love Boat. Accomplishing this project signaled a good future for the yard. In the year 1987, Nobiskrug was acquired by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft turning it into a compact shipyard. The maritime division was made to specialize exclusively in repairs and conversions. Even the staff was reduced drastically to mere 400 from a mighty 1200 at the start of 1980s. The year 1997 saw the shipyard supplying the forward half of the passenger ship MS Deutschland and starting the work on the mega-yacht Tatoosh, and completed it in the summer of 2000. Tatoosh is a 92 meter private yacht having 5 decks, luxury suites, swimming pool, and place to accommodate two helicopters on board.
At Nobiskrug, every mega yacht is created by a team of experts, right from the production to timely delivery. The company has a remarkable engineering department that manages several projects simultaneously, handling key technical issues in tandem. Infrastructure is designed keeping the construction department inclusive of required workshops such as ship building, piping, machinery, lathe, electrical or high quality interior manufacturing. Every employee is trained in the German apprenticeship system and everything is created taking care of minutest details.
Nobiskrug shipyard arose as a phoenix from the ashes. This made it carry on the tradition of delivering wonderful luxury yachts without compromising on any factor. Today, Nobiskrug stands for the dedication of true German craftsmanship with more than 100 years of experience within the megayacht market.