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 coast guard 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 coast guard 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.


Luerssen Australia welcomes applications from candidates for various positions for the SEA 1180 (Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel) project. Our project team is growing rapidly, therefore we have a number of upcoming 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 (including the opportunities listed below) by sending a current CV to [email protected].


HR Administrator JOB LISTING
Senior Commercial Advisor JOB LISTING
Accounts Payable Officer JOB LISTING
Learning and Development Coordinator JOB LISTING
Permit Coordinator JOB LISTING
Work Permit Officer JOB LISTING
Production Planners JOB LISTING
Engineering Graduate - Production Coordinator JOB LISTING
Electrical Commissioning Technician JOB LISTING
Mechanical Commissioning Technician JOB LISTING
Recruitment Advisor JOB LISTING
Lead Engineer Electrical JOB LISTING


Please note

Please note: positions with the SEA 1180 project will require a current baseline Dept of Defence Security Clearance or the ability to attain one, and applicants should therefore possess Australian citizenship as a minimum eligibility criterion due to this requirement.

Further information on Dept of Defence Security Clearances can be found at:


The following statements provide additional information on Luerssen Australia:

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:

Matt Moran, Head of Strategy and Government Relations
Luerssen Australia Pty Ltd.
Mail: [email protected]
Tel.: +61 438 929 264


Luerssen Australia Pty Ltd
16 Nautical Drive
Henderson WA 6166

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

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