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Fire breaks out at Lürssen Shipyard

A fire has broken out at the Lürssen Shipyard in Schacht-Audorf, near Rendsburg in Germany.

The fire is believed to have started onboard the 74.8m superyacht Honolulu and is said to have completely destroyed the hall with attempts to extinguish the fire from inside the hall abandoned, as part of the hall was falling down.

The local area was evacuated by the police with around 30 people asked to leave their homes as a result of the smoke.

A spokesperson from Lürssen has confirmed the fire occurred in the shipbuilding hall at the Lürssen-Kröger shipyard and eyewitnesses have reported multiple explosions, flames and columns of black smoke.

“All necessary evacuation measures were initiated immediately,” said the spokesperson. “One person was slightly injured and is receiving emergency medical treatment. The fire brigade and police are on site. We are currently unable to say anything about the cause of the fire.”

It has been reported that more than 100 shipyard workers were evacuated via minibuses, one person suffering from minor smoke injuries and 24 people treated for suspected smoke inhalation.

Up to 300 firefighters and rescue workers are understood to have attended the fire which could continue to burn for several days.

Lürssen is understood to have several yachts in-build at Lürssen Rendsburg and insurers could be facing a €200 million plus loss from the fire.

In June 2023, a fire broke out at Lürssen’s shipyard in Bremen which was quickly extinguished and in 2018 there was another blaze at the Bremen facility.

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