Area covered
approx. 451,000 m²

Quay length
approx. 2,100 m

Covered manufacturing facilities
approx. 92,000 m²

map Elbe 17 Dock 16 Dock 12 Dock 11 Dock 10 Dock 6 Dock 5 13 13 13 12 11 10 9 8 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
St. Pauli Landungsbrücken/
Hamburg City
»St. Pauli Elbtunnel«
Entrance Area Dock 5 Dock 6 Dock 10 Dock 11 Dock 12 Dock 16 Elbe 17 Helgen

Entrance Area

01 Eingangsbereich

Blohm+Voss · Hermann-Blohm-Str. 3
20457 Hamburg · Germany

Main building

The head office building was erected in 1911. During the Second World War, the building was partly destroyed by bombing and was reconstructed in the following years. At the end of the 1970s extensive renovations took place and the entire interior was modernised. Two lift shafts were integrated into the existing fabric of the building and some of the storeys were expanded.



Built in 1902 for the Hamburg harbour pilots, this building with its round tower forms the distinctive western point of the shipyard. In 1925, the Hamburg harbour pilots moved to their current premises at the Seemannshöft. Since then the building has been used by Blohm+Voss as offices and for corporate representation. In 2005 the listed building was restored and renovated.


Training centre

Blohm+Voss opened their first shipyard school as early as 1918. Since the beginning of the 1990s, a modern training centre has existed with 5,500m2 of floor space and nine workshops with a total of 176 workstations, as well as seminar and training rooms with the most modern equipment.


Power station

Our own combined heat and power station provides electricity and heat for the shipyard using the principle of cogeneration. In addition to the use of diesel, solvent by-products can also be burned as a fuel without damaging the environment. Total output: 16MW (8MW electricity, 4MW heat, 4MW steam). 


Paint shop

At a height of 20.5 metres, this hall is one of the tallest buildings at the shipyard. Approximately 675m2 in size, this is where we carry out surface preparation and coating work with modern, environmentally friendly technology.


Shipbuilding hall 3 – laser welding and cutting 

Two CO2 laser sources with a power of 12kW are used here to work on individual components with a maximum size of 12 x 4 metres and a maximum weight of 9 tonnes. By implementing CO2 laser technology with its high-density performance over a very small beam diameter, the thermal strain is extremely low in comparison to traditional thermal processes.


Shipbuilding halls 1–8

The entire process of prefabrication takes place in these shipbuilding halls. This includes processing the small components such as brackets or eye plates, mast housing, surface treatments, panel cutting with numerically controlled plasma cutting machines and sheet forming with hydraulic presses. Groups of steel components are also welded into sections here.


Shipbuilding halls 9–10 

Sections with a total weight of up to 250 tonnes are welded together and the preliminary finishing of these sections is carried out here. In addition to this, further sections are prepared here before being transported into the paint shop. 


Pontoon between docks 5 and 12

Via this pontoon the new building docks 5 and 12 can be reached. At each dock we have four-storey workshops including social areas. The workshops house offer, among other things, areas for shipbuilding and engineering, machinery, a pipe workshop and offices for administration and production management. 


Service centre

The service centre contains a three-storey office space with a total area of around 1,800 m2, a large storage space for parts and a two-storey workshop, in which even large engines can be completely overhauled. The engine service has become specialised primarily in the sale of parts and servicing ship engines from such brands as SKL, Pielstick, DMR, Sulzer and STX Engine.


Repair centre

All of our specialist areas are concentrated behind the floating docks 10 and 11 – from the project and production management to shipbuilding and engineering processes, including the dock operations. Short distances ensure rapid and effective project execution.


Dock water processing plant

Water is an important central resource, which has to be used and looked after with care. Our dock water processing plant ensures that we treat water responsibly. The waste water resulting from the dock operations is collected in our own dock water processing plant and treated before it flows back into the River Elbe.


Dock 5

Length: 160.0 m
Breadth: 28 m
Draft: 8 m
For ships up to: 18,000 dwt
Lifting capacity: 9,000 t
Crane capacity: 2 × 5 t

Dock 6

Length: 162.5 m
Breadth: 24.5 m
Draft: 8 m
For ships up to: 18,000 dwt
Lifting capacity: 9,000 t
Crane capacity: –

Dock 10

Length: 287.5 m
Breadth: 44.3 m
Draft: 10.2 m
For ships up to: 130,000 dwt
Lifting capacity: 50,000 t
Crane capacity: 2 × 15 t, 2 × 35 t

Dock 11

Length: 320.0 m
Breadth: 52.0 m
Draft: 10.8 m
For ships up to: 250,000 dwt
Lifting capacity: 65,000 t
Crane capacity: 2 × 10 t, 2 × 35 t

Dock 12

Length: 143.0 m
Breadth: 25.0 m
Draft: 8 m
For ships up to: 16,000 dwt
Lifting capacity: 6,000 t
Crane capacity: 2 × 15 t, 2 × 35 t

Dock 16

Length: 206.0 m
Breadth: 32.0 m
Draft: 9.5 m
For ships up to: 32,000 dwt
Lifting capacity: 20,000 t
Crane capacity: 2 × 15 t, 1 × 50 t

Elbe 17

Length: 351.2 m
Breadth: 59.2 m
Draft: 9.7 m
For ships up to: 320,000 dwt
Lifting capacity: –
Crane capacity: 2 × 10 t, 2 × 50 t


In the heart of Hamburg, just a stone’s throw from the Reeperbahn and the HafenCity quarter, we have been constructing, building and repairing ships since 1877. By clicking on the coloured areas of this interactive map you can find out all there is to know about the most important areas and buildings within our shipyard.


Blohm+Voss B.V. & Co. KG
Hermann-Blohm-Str. 3 · 20457 Hamburg · Germany

Postal address: 
P.O. Box 10 07 20 · 20005 Hamburg · Germany

Phone: +49 40 3119-0
Fax: +49 40 3119-3333



By public transport, train

  1. Go to »Landungsbrücken« with the underground U-Bahn (U3) or S-Bahn (S1, S2, S3)
  2. Go over the pedestrian bridge to »St. Pauli Elbtunnel«
  3. Walk through the »St. Pauli Elbtunnel« and follow the street on the other side
  4. The Blohm+Voss main entrance is approx. 300 metres away on the right

By harbour ferry: Take Line 75 from »Landungsbrücken«

For departure times, please see the HVV timetable

By public transport, bus

Take Line 156 to station »Steinwerder (Fähre)«
The bus stop is directly across from the Blohm+Voss main entrance

Journey planner HVV Hamburg HPA (Hamburg Port Authority)

By car via the A7 motorway

Coming from Hanover/Bremen or Flensburg:
  1. Exit motorway at »Waltershof« in the direction of »Wilhelmsburg/Hafen/Waltershof«
  2. Continue on »Finkenwerder Straße«
  3. Turn left onto the »Köhlbrandbrücke« bridge
  4. Continue on »Roßdamm«
  5. Continue on the »Ellerholzbrücke« bridge
  6. Continue on »Veddeler Damm« till »Argentinienbrücke«
  7. Turn left onto »Reiherdamm«, sign-posted »STEINWERDER«
  8. Continue on »Hermann-Blohm-Straße«, Blohm+Voss is on the left

By car via the A1 (A255) motorway

Coming from Hanover/Bremen or Lübeck:
  1. Exit in the direction of »HafenCity/Freihafen«
  2. Drive and remain on »Zweibrückenstraße«
  3. Turn right onto »Kirchenpauerstraße«
  4. Turn left onto the »Freihafenelbbrücke« bridge
  5. Continue on: »Rampenstraße«, »Am Moldauhafen«, »Am Saalehafen«
  6. Continue on »Veddeler Damm« till »Argentinienbrücke«
  7. Take the right curve onto »Reiherdamm«, sign-posted »STEINWERDER«
  8. Continue on »Hermann-Blohm-Straße«, Blohm+Voss is on the left

Via the St. Pauli Elbtunnel

For more information and fees, please see the HPA (Hamburg Port Authority) website.

Heli (GPS)

N 53° 32'20" E 9° 57'45"

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