Drone footage from an onlooker on the ground in Bremen, Germany reveals black smoke billowing out from the world-renowned superyacht builder’s shipyard at Lemwerder, with firetrucks attending the scene around 6:45pm last night.
The fire was reportedly caused by sparks from welding work being carried out on a new hull which ignited nearby plastic ventilation pipes. The fire spread to two machines, causing the heavy smoke, and the hall was immediately evacuated.
Police confirmed that the hall building and the yacht's hull were not affected by the fire. The local fire brigade dispatched 95 firefighters to the scene, who quickly extinguished the blaze. Two emergency vehicles each from the police and rescue services were also deployed.
A strikingly similar incident occurred at the same shipyard back in September 2018, when over 150 firefighters were called to the yard after a fire broke out in the early hours at the floating dock of the Fr. Lürssen Shipyard Bremen-Aumund facility, which also affected the yacht stationed there at the time, with the people working on board immediately evacuated and examined for smoke exposure.
One person was injured in the fire that is estimated to have caused €70,000 worth of damage. Although police confirmed that no yachts had been affected by the fire, including the yacht Project Cap d'Ail tied up directly in front of the building, we anticipate a statement from the yard to be released in the near future.