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Lürssen engineering centre in Rijeka set to be “largest investment ever in the nautical tourism sect

24 May 2022


(Article originally published by superyachtimes.com - Written by Alexander Griffiths) Lürssen Yachts has announced plans to further concrete its position in Croatia with a new engineering centre, which will be located in Rijeka maritime station.

Photo: Christian Eckardt “Our ambition,” Peter Lürssen, co-owner of the German shipyard, stated to the Italian publication, Superyacht24. “Is to make Rijeka a centre of excellence, a reference point for innovation in the design of luxury boats. The centre already employs about a hundred engineers and designers specialising in boat design. Croatia has a long tradition in this field and it is no coincidence that we have chosen Rijeka, a city with an ancient industrial mould.”

Photo: Faruk Kaymak The engineering centre, which will cost around €48,000,000, is scheduled to open its doors in 2025 and will have 260 berths for yachts. Lürssen will use the site for a number of activities, “from the design of superyachts and other types of boats, research on automation and digitisation,” Peter Lürssen confirmed. The site will also be used for research into the “use of hydrogen and synthetic fuels,” as well as to develop “technologies for the reuse of waste to be transformed into energy sources.”

Lürssen has been investing in the Rijeka and Kvarner regions of Croatia for the past two years now. Its first move was acquiring the lion’s share of Liburnia Riviera Hotels – the largest regional hotel firm. Which was then followed by a joint venture with the state-owned company Aci, to build the Porto Baross marina in Rijeka. Notably this is set to be the largest marina in the country. The engineering centre, however, “will represent the largest investment ever in the nautical tourism sector in Croatia,” according to Marko Filipović, the mayor of Rijeka.

Photo: Morgan Unsplash Nikolina Brnjac, Minister of Tourism and Sports in the Government of Croatia, added: "The importance of Lürssen's entry into the Rijeka area highlights the importance of the capital as a centre of excellence in the national maritime industry. It guarantees innovation, and provides a link between traditional business and cutting-edge technologies. Furthermore, it promises investment in human potential and the creation of new jobs. It has the full support of the Croatian government and it will be of strategic importance for the development of this city.”

''Over the next five years, the face of the City of Rijeka will change, especially when viewed from the sea. Let's look at this investment as an investment in highly educated people, so it's definitely something good that is happening in Rijeka,'' Marko Filipovic, Mayor of Rijeka, told Total Croatia News.