The first superyacht to be built at Sunseeker International’s new base at Osprey Quay, Portland, has rolled off the production line this week.
Sunseeker acquired the site in March 2007 and started production just ten weeks ago. The first boat to be completed is a luxurious Predator 108 – as featured in the latest Bond movie ‘Casino Royale’ – worth in the region of £5 million.
The team working on the site is made up of a mixture of new recruits and local workers who previously commuted to the Sunseeker sites in Poole. There are currently 45 skilled staff employed at the Osprey Quay base and this number is expected to increase to as much as 500 in the next four years.
General Manager Ian Jolliffe, said: ‘We are all tremendously proud of the first Predator 108 to be built at Osprey Quay. It is testament to the team’s hard work, application and drive that it has taken only 10 weeks to get to this stage. During which time the hull, ring deck and superstructure have been moulded, the bulkheads, ring frames and fuel tanks have been made and installed and the ring deck bonded in place.’
Weymouth & Portland Borough Councillor Geoff Petherick, Briefholder for Employment and Prosperity, said: ‘I am really pleased for Sunseeker and would like to congratulate them on such speedy development of one of their prestige yachts. As a world renowned, highprofile organisation they had tremendous vision to locate part of their company to Osprey Quay and I am confident that other businesses will follow suit. In particular we are concentrating on attracting technologybased companies to enjoy the same levels of success as Sunseeker and bring enhanced career opportunities to the local community’.
The Predator 108 has now been towed to the shipyards in Poole for fit out, which will be completed in September. She will then be shipped to Italy to begin her life on the Mediterranean.