DHL Supply Chain is set to transfer 80 Sunseeker International logistics staff in a deal which will see it take over the luxury boat builder’s logistics operations.

In a statement this week Sunseeker International said the negotiations had reached an “advanced” stage.

Under the agreement DHL will provide logistics services, including the management of all in-bound freight, receiving stores, kitting, shipyard material movements and the line-feed of production parts.

The transfer of Sunseeker’s logistics and warehouse staff will affect employees based at the boat builder’s headquarters in Portland and at its facility in Poole.

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Michael Straughan, chief operating officer at Sunseeker International, said: “Our supply chain is a critical function given the value and volume that we manage on a daily basis.

“On conclusion of the negotiations, our colleagues will be joining a leading global brand in the logistics industry and will remain key to the ongoing success of our complex supply chain.

“This is not only good news for Sunseeker but for the wider Poole community too.”

Sunseeker employs around 2,600 people and produces around 150 boats a year ranging from 38-161ft.