These four mega projects underway at the highly acclaimed German shipyard Lürssen are proof that the trend of building large superyachts, built for adventure, isn’t going anywhere. Owners are still opting for explorer-worthy exteriors while maintaining a classic and luxurious superyacht interior.

Lürssen has a reputation for delivering some of the world’s largest superyachts, a reputation that is sure to continue to be upheld within the next year. Featuring lengths between 80 and 145 metres, these four Lürssen superyachts will be launched this year. Here’s what we know about the various projects, some more elusive than others.

‘Luminance’ – 145m

Lurssen's Luminance

At 145 metres, the secretive project Luminance is the 7th largest yacht to be built by Lürssen, ranking as the 15th largest superyacht in the world. Construction began in 2018, the vessel was not again seen until May 2021, when she was transported for outfitting. Recently seen for the very first time, the project is currently located in Aumund, Germany as she nears completion. Exterior design is the work of Espen Øino.

‘Jag’ – 122m

Jag by Lurssen

Jag joins Luminance in the line-up of the largest superyachts currently under construction in the world, the project was commissioned by a repeat client and is the owner’s third Lürssen superyacht. The yacht hit the water for the first time in 2021, and is due to be delivered this year. The vessel boasts 20 guest cabins and 40 crew cabins, as well as typical luxury superyacht features including a spa, gym, swimming pool, cinema and a dance floor.

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‘Project Icecap’ – 107m

Lurssen's Project Icecap

Known as project ‘Icecap‘ during the build, this 107 metre will soon be known as M/Y Shackleton. Perhaps the name is a hint as to the nature of the vessel’s explorative cruising abilities, a further hint is the X-bow and sizeable tender stowage on deck. Recently spotted outside of the shipyard in Wolgast, Germany, she is due to be delivered early this year. Salt Ship Design are responsible for her exterior design and naval architecture.

‘Project 1601’ – 90m

Another design by Espen Øino, Project 1601 was launched in 2020 in a traditional manner down the slipway at Rendsburg in Northern Germany. Described as “a striking design with extraordinary features” by the yard, the exterior is “dominated by planar surfaces, straight lines and angular corners” and also possesses expedition worthy technical features. Watch the spectacular launch of Project 1601 here:

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