Lürssen, the German superyacht building behemoth, has announced that it has secured the contract to manufacture a 54m motoryacht for an experienced owner from Asia. Both the interior and exterior of the vessel have been penned by Bannenberg & Rowell Design. The delivery of ‘project 13800’, as it is currently known, is scheduled for spring 2021.

“We are really excited to rekindle our long-standing relationship with Lürssen to work on the first interior and exterior collaboration since Coral Island in 1994. Project 13800 marks an important step into a new market segment for both Bannenberg & Rowell and Lürssen and we greatly look forward to her launch in spring 2021”, comments Dickie Bannenberg.

Project 13800 has been designed with “masculine but elegant” features, accentuated through a series of harmonious lines. Across its four decks, exterior deck space has been maximised to allow for a number of entertainment areas for the owner and their family. The interior is detailed with custom furniture supplied by Pollaro.

Lürssen, which has traditionally been known for manufacturing the world’s largest superyachts, such as Azzam and Dilbar, has actually delivered twice as many superyachts under 90m than it has over 90m. Indeed, to this extent, Lürssen has been a victim of its own success by being, on occasion, overlooked for projects with the size range of project 13800.

“While we are grateful for the success of our large builds, it is essential not to forget that our core business must be between 50-80m,” explains Peter Lürssen, managing partner at Lürssen. “Although the preconception is that Lürssen only builds large yachts, we have delivered a considerable number of smaller vessels over the last 15 years, including 29 under 90m. Over the same period, we have delivered 15 yachts above 90m.

“As long as it is a bespoke yacht, Lürssen is the right shipyard. As a result of our enhanced activities in this size bracket, we are today engaging with many clients,” adds Lürssen.

As well as signing the new 54m contract, the Lürssen team presented a new book to the market with a series yacht designs for a 62m vessel called “The Concept Collection”. The book of concepts includes nine designs from the finalists of the 2018 Young Designer of the Year Award.

“We are pleasantly surprised at the quality and innovation of their work,” continues Lürssen. “As we continue our journey of building yachts to meet market demands, we hope that the client will be as inspired as we have been by the wonderful talent of these young designers to build your dream Lürssen, regardless of whether it is 55 or 155m.”

The book shows a series of designs from the youngest designers in the industry. All designer received the same brief; to create a 62m Lürssen with consideration for how the yacht will be used for relaxing, playing, sleeping, eating and entertaining. Each designer received the same technical requirements for crew and engine layout, tender storage and various other technical standards.

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