Tradition

Shipbuilding: our passion since 1857


The history of Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven goes way back to the days of the big fast trans-Atlantic passenger steamships. 

At the same time as the Bremen shipping company – Norddeutscher Lloyd – opened for business in 1857, our yard began work as the workshop for Lloyd’s fast-growing fleet of ships. In the race for passenger favour, the ships of Norddeutscher Lloyd regularly won the Blue Riband for the fastest trans-Atlantic crossing while also vying with one another to be the most elegantly furnished and technically innovative vessels in the fleet.

Lloyd Werft moved to its present location in Bremerhaven’s Überseehafen in 1871 as ships continued to grow in size. In 1899 what was, at that time, the biggest dry dock in the world was opened there and named for Kaiser Wilhelm II. 

For more than 160 years the name of Lloyd Werft has been associated with building and converting unique ships and with a shipbuilding tradition that has spanned many generations of the same families.