The team at Detlev Löll engineering office GmbH brings over 25 years of experience in the design, construction, manufacture and inspection of traditional, classic and modern yachts and ships. Developed from Detlev Löll's many years of experience in this area, the company now employs 5 experienced employees in the office and a varying number of employees (10-25) in major projects.

Detlev Löll

Detlev Löll was born in Hamburg in 1959, where he graduated from high school and started his shipbuilding career in 1980 in the shipyard Blohm & Voss, which he left as a steel ship builder journeyman. He then moved to Hamburg's Thalia Theater for a year, building sets and metal props as a theater-metal worker. After this trip to the world of theater, he built boats and kayaks made of wood and fiberglass for research projects and for the university sports business at the University of Hamburg starting in 1983. There he also worked as a lecturer and rowing instructor. In Lübeck, he then acquired his master in 1986 in boat and shipbuilding. His masterpiece was a racing shell made of carbon fiber.

Next, Detlev went to Spain and worked for the shipyard "Varadero Rio Piedras" in the city of El Rompido. Here he built and repaired yachts and fishing boats made of wood and steel from 1987 for two years. His next stop was Cogolin in France in 1989, where he maintained and repaired yachts between 11 and 45 meters for Mordziol Yacht service. At this time, Detlev also began to work for the first time as an expert and consultant. After reunification, Detlev went to Wolgast in 1991 and initiated the project "Fridtjof Nansen". As part of a job creation scheme, 254 previously unemployed under Detlev's leadership restored three tall ships to be used as youth sailing vessels. In 1994, the project finally led to the founding of Fridtjof Nansen Werft GmbH, a shipyard for wooden and steel ships with 20 employees. Subsequent activities included the management of the shipyard navcon.naval consulting GmbH and neptun Peenemünde GmbH.

In 2014, Detlev founded Detlev Löll engineering office GmbH, which focuses on the design and construction of mega-yachts and tall ships as well as their maintenance and restoration. From 2009 to 2011, Detlev led the reproduction of the racing schooner "Germania Nova" (design, engineering, building supervision) and has been taking over the management of the yacht since its completion. Detlev has been the owner and managing director of Detlev Loell Riggers Ltd. since 2015. Headquartered in London and branch office in Peenemünde. The company, which had 20 employees at times, specializes in the development, production and installation of rigs for tall ships. Detlev is married and lives with his wife Ursula Latus in Peenemünde. Ursula is also a master boat maker and her company "boot-workshop GmbH" offers not only the construction of classic wooden boats, but also amateur and experienced craftsmen the opportunity to build their own canoes and kayaks under supervision.

Other activities:

  • Since 1989, an independent appraiser and consultant
  • Since 1995 appraiser for tall ships with approval of Lloyds Register
  • Since 2006 Chairman of the Association of Sport boats and Shipbuilding Experts (VBS)
  • Since 2008 one of three accredited large scale expert assessors of Germanic Lloyd


  • Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (USA)
  • Association Mecklenburg-Vorpommern shipping expert (VMVS)
  • Shipbuilding engineering company
  • Federal Water Sports Association (BVWW)
  • Association of recreational craft   and Shipbuilding Experts (VBS) - (Chairman)

Nautical experience:

  • Atlantic crossing with a three-masted schooner
  • Iceland sailing around with a brig
  • Parts of the northeast passage with a wooden sailor
  • With yachts and various commercial sailing ships from 10 m to 122 m in length: Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Arctic Ocean to the polar cap, North Atlantic, Bay of Biscay, Caribbean, Singapore