It is with great pain to announce that Piotr Soyka has died.
For many years he was the chairman of Remontowa Shiprepair Yard, the founder, chairman, co-owner and author of the global success of REMONTOWA HOLDING Capital Group, the largest Polish shipbuilding group and one of the biggest in Europe.
He was and will always be for all of us - employees and associates - the greatest authority and guiding light, a man who committed his entire life to developing the companies of our Group and the people who work in them. He opened the shipyard to the world.
Sharing his knowledge, wisdom and great experience, he was always with us, in good and bad moments, celebrating successes together and raising our spirits when the failures happened.
He inspired, advised, motivated, supported and encouraged us to defy the odds and to move on, achieving what seems unattainable and changing the reality around, which he himself was the best example of. For us he was and will always be a signpost, a mentor and a Friend. It was an honour to work with him.
His death is a huge blow to us. We will miss him very much, but the memory of him will remain with us forever...
And we continue to pursue his vision, working with Shipowners around the world, just as he taught us.
Remontowa Shiprepair Yard was established on November 7, 1952. The founding document was signed by the then Technical Engineer of Gdansk Shipyard Henryk Soyka.
Twenty years later, his son Piotr, a graduate of the Gdansk University of Technology, started his employment at Remontowa. He began as a foreman, later he was a ship repair manager and Production Director and, after winning the 1989 competition, he headed the shipyard, first as the Director, and later as the Chairman of the Board where he remained for 20 years. Since 2011, he has been the chairman of the Remontowa Holding capital group.
The company dealt mainly with state-owned shipowners in the Eastern Bloc for almost 40 years before expanding towards the western market in 1989. The appointment of Piotr Soyka to the position of a new General Director was the catalyst for creating the vision of what Remontowa is today, as the Polish ship repair specialist began exploring the previously impenetrable western market at the end of the Cold War. In 1989 the beginning of setting up a modern marketing in the shipyard took place – building trade offices, seeking new orders around the world and resolutely turning to Western ship owners.
Privatised in 2001 by a management buyout from the Polish State Treasury, Remontowa is now a leading European ship repair and conversion yard, a major player on the world stage, and the largest of 26 companies comprising the Remontowa Holding group, led by its chairman and co-owner Piotr Soyka. On and around the Gdansk island of Ostrów, the heart of Polish shipbuilding industry is beating today. There are two shipyards here – the largest in Poland and one of the largest in Europe, as well as a dozen of the more than twenty companies in the holding group, originating from Remontowa and which today give work to over eight thousand people.
We design, build, convert, repair, and equip ships, naval vessels, oil rigs, and other large marine constructions for ship-owners from around the world.
Every year, in Remontowa we repair and modernize on average 200 ships of all types, including the largest varieties which can enter the Baltic. We work with hundreds of ship owners from all over the world. With many, we are securely bound with long lasting trade relations.