Luerssen Australia

About Luerssen Australia

Luerssen Australia is a subsidiary of NVL Group. NVL stands for Naval Vessels Lürssen and is an independent, privately owned group of renowned Northern German shipyards and related companies, formerly known as Lürssen Defence.

The group is headquartered in Bremen, Germany, and has a strong heritage. Together, the shipyards of NVL Group have completed more than 1,000 naval and coastguard vessels since their beginnings in the late 1870s and have built and repaired ships for both the German Navy and fleets in over 50 countries. In addition to the design and manufacture of naval vessels and coastguard vessels, NVL Group also provides extensive lifetime support through NVL Services.

In May 2017, in pursuit of the SEA 1180 contract and regional export opportunities, NVL Group predecessor Lürssen founded a subsidiary company, Luerssen Australia. The company supports Australia’s national sovereign shipbuilding strategy and operates from the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, Western Australia.


After an extensive, competitive evaluation process and request for tender evaluation (RFT) spanning approximately two years, NVL Group’s predecessor Lürssen had the honour of being selected as the preferred prime contractor and designer for the SEA 1180 Offshore Patrol Vessel programme. The contract has been signed in the name of its subsidiary, Luerssen Australia. In a major boost for Australian manufacturing, Luerssen Australia is now the contracted vessel designer and builder for the programme. In cooperation with several Australian partners and with knowledge transfer from the NVL Group headquarters, Luerssen Australia is leading a fully Australian build team to commence construction of the first of two vessels, which are currently being built in Osborne, SA. A further ten vessels will be built in Henderson, WA.


Get an insight and some impressions of who we are and what we do at Luerssen Australia.


In a major milestone for the Royal Australian Navy, the first of the new Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels, NUSHIP Arafura, has been officially launched in Osborne, South Australia. The event was attended by the Governor of South Australia, Premier of South Australia, Minister for Defence and the Chief of the Royal Australian Navy. Chief Executive Officer of Luerssen Australia, Jens Nielsen, said it was a proud day for the company after starting construction of the vessel in 2018.

Here are some pictures and a video of the launch event.


Luerssen Australia welcomes applications from candidates for various positions for the SEA 1180 (Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel) Program. Our team is growing rapidly, and we have a variety of exciting opportunities for individuals with defence industry and/or shipbuilding experience. We also encourage general applications for future opportunities with us.

Please express your interest in a career with Luerssen Australia by sending a current CV to [email protected].

Alternatively, to view all current jobs and to apply, please visit


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The following statements provide additional information on Luerssen Australia:

New State of the Art Facility Opens at HMAS Stirling
Luerssen Australia's response to the Surface Fleet Review
Luerssen Australia celebrates the launch of NUSHIP Eyre
Luerssen Australia appoints indigenous supplier Tammar Contractors
Luerssen Australia continues to expand footprint
Luerssen Australia appoints new Project Director
Luerssen Australia reaches employee milestone
Keel laying achieved for fifth Offshore Patrol Vessel
The Hon Kim Beazley AC joins Luerssen Australia's board
Construction commences on OPV Carpentaria
OPV crew training kicks off
Luerssen Australia hits major milestone
Another win for Australian Defence Industry
Lürssen realigns itself
Major milestone for Offshore Patrol Vessel Program
Feedback session and awards ceremony
First Arafura Class marks ceremonial keel-laying
Shipbuilders commence construction of first Offshore Patrol Vessel
Skilled Workforce Journey Begins With OPV Scholarships
Luerssen launches Australia’s newest shipbuilding company to drive local jobs, investment and exports
Luerssen selected as preferred tenderer for the design and prime contractor for SEA1180 Phase 1 Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) program
Western Australian small businesses will reap economic dividend from naval shipbuilding program
Luerssen PACIFIC 17 shows Australia means business when it comes to naval shipbuilding
Luerssen awarded German Navy corvette contract valued at close to A$3 billion
Future shipbuilders meet global leader as they tour $80 million Perth facility
Peak industry body teams with Luerssen and local shipbuilders to deliver skills and education program
Luerssen briefs over 600 Australian SMEs on SEA1180 opportunities
Appointments to the Luerssen Australia Board
Luerssen Australia welcomes National Shipbuilding Plan
Luerssen Australia concludes negotiations with SEA1180 build partners
A major boost for Australian shipbuilding


For press enquiries, please contact:

Teagan Darwood
Luerssen Australia Pty Ltd.
Mail: [email protected]
Tel.: +61 439 001 895


Luerssen Australia Pty Ltd
20 Stuart Drive
Henderson WA 6166

Tel.: +61 8 6595 5960
Mail: [email protected]

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