A new 100m (328ft) explorer superyacht is to be built in a partnership between the Norwegian specialist shipbuilder Kleven and Germany’s Lürssen group. The new vessel will be for a ‘non-disclosed customer’.
The partnership follows the action in September under which Lürssen became a shareholder in the Norwegian builder as a participant in a group of companies that bought a 40% stake in Kleven. This group was led by the Norwegian ferry and cruise ship company Hurtgiruten and the aim was to secure the future of the Kleven yard which is building two hybrid-powered explorer cruise ships for Hurtgiruten.
The investment group, which apart from Lürssen also included InYard Invest and Per Lillebø, has concluded a long-term cooperation package. The purchase of the 40% stake saw a refinancing package worth NOK300m boosting Kleven’s finances. Current owners John Kleven and H-Invest are also bringing new funds to the company.
"It has been important for us to bring in new investors with an industrial, long-term perspective, and with a shared ambition to further develop Kleven to be a world leading shipbuilding group," said Kjersti Kleven, chair of the Kleven board, when the new investment was made.
Kleven has recent superyacht experience, having built the two Ulysses expedition craft of 106m (348ft) and 116m (381ft) for New Zealand owner Graeme Hart. The 106m has recently been sold.
As to the new 100m yacht, it will be built, partly outfitted and technically finalised at Kleven’s Norwegian facility before being transported to Lürssen’s Blohm+Voss yard in Hamburg for final outfitting.
Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven, said: “With their more than 140 years of history in the luxury yacht business, Lürssen is unrivalled in its experience and knowledge, and we are proud of the fact that they have chosen Kleven as their long-term partner. Kleven will be leaning heavily on expertise derived from building highly-advanced, world class offshore vessels. We hope this is the first of many vessels being built in this partnership.”