Motorboat & Yachting: Poole-based yacht builder Sunseeker has revealed that it has been in discussions with Unite about the possibility of employing ex-Fairline staff.
Sunseeker has announced that it is looking to expand its workforce by up to 100, leaving the door open for former Fairline staff to find new employment.
The news comes just one day after administrators FRP Advisory made 380 Fairline workers redundant.
In a statement released this morning, Phil Popham (pictured above), CEO of Sunseeker, said: “With the introduction of a number of new boat lines in 2016 we are now looking to recruit up to 100 new skilled staff to support future growth.
“The vacancies we have created include many similar roles to those at Fairline Boats – covering all construction trades.”
He added that Sunseeker representatives have been in touch with union representatives at Unite to “see if we can… keep these valuable skills within the UK boatbuilding industry”.
Any workers making the jump from Fairline to Sunseeker would need to consider relocation due to the 160-mile distance from Oundle to Poole.
Sunseeker plans to kick off 2016 with its largest ever London Boat Show launch, with the 131 Yacht making its public debut at the Excel Centre on January 8.
The Poole-based boatbuilder recently revealed its financial results for 2014, which included annual losses of £41m.
Motorboat & Yachting: Around 360 workers at Fairline have been made redundant, with the remaining staff kept on to complete the last few production boats.
The remaining 69 staff will be kept on to complete the final boats on the production line and their jobs will also be at risk if a buyer cannot be found for the historic British yard.
In a statement, joint administrator Alastair Massey said: “Our focus has been on liaising with staff, customers, suppliers and agents to ensure value can be realised from servicing existing orders whilst we explore options for the business.
“We shall be retaining a core team of staff to help service orders and continue operations where possible.”
He added that the brand is currently being “marketed for sale”, although no investors have publicly declared their interest so far.
At least three unfinished models are believed to be in progress, including a Fairline Squadron 65, which was bought through an Escrow account.
When the skeleton staff completes these models, the administrators will be able to access a significant sum of money to pay off Fairline’s creditors.