Five months after Dörries Yachts introduced itself to the market as a superyacht builder, the German ‘yard’, which has already established itself as a manager of new build projects, is still chasing its inaugural order.

Dörries, under its ‘Maritime Services’ banner, played an integral role in the construction of Graceful, recently launched from the Blohm+Voss Repair yard. And according to Dörries’ Cristian Schwarzwälder “we are doing everything in our power to secure a new order.” Company owner, Werner Dörries had originally given the new build project a finite period of time to achieve success, but according to Schwarzwälder, the growing interest in Dörries Yachts and the progress of negotiations has offered encouragement to prolong the pursuit of a first contract.

“It doesn’t cost us very much at all to pursue this right now, because the level of investment has been kept low. We have an agreement with the owner of the yard space that the minute we sell a yacht our contract will be enforced”. That is to say, Dörries Yachts’ lease at the yard in Bremen, Germany will be activated upon the signing of its first contract. This will include the construction of an outfitting shed capable of accommodating superyachts up to 140m.

It is a very savvy approach to establishing oneself in the contracting new build sector. As Schwarzwälder says, the first project will begin with no company overheads.


Dörries Maritime Services consulted on Graceful.

Dörries’ flagship design – an 85m superyacht – is past pre-engineering, whilst preliminary designs have been produced for a 65m and 75m.

Whilst the hunt for that first contract continues, Dörries Maritime Services is busy with a confidential 130m+ refit in Hamburg, which was signed in October 2013 and will be undergoing work for a further four months.

And on the new-build front Schwarzwälder says Dörries has received four “packages” for tender from brokers and owners’ representatives, between 55m and 75m, and bids have been made.

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