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.
Conversion of the Belgia Seaways ro-ro vessel, owned by Danish DFDS has been completed. The most important task of this project was the installation of a new ramp, which enabled communication between decks 2 and 3. However the installation of the ramp itself is only a small part of the work comissioned on the ship. She has also undergone a class renewal, extended by a number of other works.
It is worth mentioning that the conversion of her sister- Gothia Seaways, which called the Shipyard in the first half of June, is currently underway.
Among others requiring projects in May, the CLV Spirit mobilization has been completed. This Cable Laying Vessel owned by Royal Boskalis b.v. came to REMONTOWA on the beginning of month 2020 and shortly after she was lifted by semi-submersible barge RemLift 25000.
Main repair tasks were steel works in tanks, overhaul of 4pcs. azimuth thrusters (2pcs. retractable) and 1 pc. bow thruster, hull and various equipment paint works, replacement of sewage treatment plant as well as mobilization works for cable laying project in Sweden.
At the end of March , the mobilisation of Ile d’Ouessant, commissioned by Luis Dreyfus Armateurs, was completed. The project was to change the configuration and equipment of the ship which entered the yard as Platform Support Vessel and adapting her to perform work intendent for cable layer, whose task is to lay and repair submarine telecommunication cables. It was a prestigious, very interesting and one of the most technically advanced projects carried at Remontowa S.A. at the turn of 2019 and 2020. The ship also underwent a classic dock and maintenance repairs. Exactly a year ago in March ‘19, „Ile de Batz” underwent similar mobilization in our Shipyard.
The container/RoRo Carrier Grande Gabon, initiated the set of five vessels from the Grande Morocco series belonging to the Italian shipowner Grimaldi Deep Sea SpA, on which scrubber systems will be installed.
Grande Marocco series are the con-ro vessels built in 2010-2011.
In 2019, in Remontowa S.A. we had installed scrubbers on 5 vessels from the Grande Lagos serie.
In the first month of 2020 we’ve had more than 25 ships repaired in the docks and at the quays of Remontowa. There were 6 car-passenger ferries: Huckelberry Finn & Marco Polo from TT-Line, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from Stena Line, Baltivia from Polska Żegluga Bałtycka (Polferries), Pont Aven owned by Brittany Ferries and Princess Anastasia from Moby.
German shipowner TT-Line has chosen Remontowa S.A. to carry out repairs of their ferries: Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as well as newly acquired Marco Polo (ex. Barbara Krahulik).
The latter one entered Remontowa S.A. in November 2019. The repairs and modifications being carried out are related to the change of ownership. Apart from typical dry-docking works the ferry is to be partially converted. A scrubber system is to be installed and the ferry’s passenger rooms are also to be modified.
In January 2020 also the ro-pax Ulysses from Irish Ferries moored at Remontowa S.A. for the scrubber system installation.
Remontowa Shiprepair Yard S.A. has been ranked first in Europe among the shipyards retrofitting ships with Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems in the World Fleet Register ranking of Clarksons Research.
The British marine and shipbuilding market intelligence company has selected and ranked 15 of the world’s leading shipyards in this respect. The list includes the number of historical EGCS installations on ships over the last five years, projects currently executed and contracted for the future.
Of these 15 shipyards, 12 are the Chinese ones. Among the shipyards equipping ships with EGCS, operating outside China, Remontowa SA took the first place.
The shipyard has so far retrofitted 50 ships with EGCS systems, installing over 100 scrubbers in total (on some ships more than one scrubber have been installed). In 2019 alone, 10 ships were equipped with such systems, mainly Ro-Ro/container ships belonging to the Grimaldi Group (the „Grande Lagos” series).
Within a couple of days of November 2019 there were as many as 25 ships of various types being repaired at Remontowa Shiprepair Yard S.A. Among the vessels were: tankers, bulk carriers, chemical carriers, fishing vessels, ro-ro’s, reefer vessels, as well as car-passenger ferries.
Three ships were being retrofitted with Ballast Water Treatment systems. This is a relatively young field of shipbuilding services, which started to develop a few years after the adoption by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of the international convention on the control and management of ballast water and marine sediments (Ballast Water Management Convention).
Remontowa SA is one of the first shipyards all other the world to install BWT systems on ships. The first ships were equipped with those systems as early as in 2007. The shipyard is also a leader in retrofitting ships with Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (scrubbers) which limit sulphur oxides emission in exhaust gases to the atmosphere. At the end of November 2019, EGCS were being installed on three chemical tankers, a combined/ro-ro container ship and on a car-passenger ferry.
In the spring of 2019, the hybrid ferry Berlin underwent an intermediate survey at Remontowa Shiprepair Yard SA. In November its ferry-twin, the Copenhagen, arrived at the shipyard. Both ships are owned by Scandlines.
The ferry Copenhagen underwent dry-docking with a wide scope of works. In addition, Remontowa SA has built the foundation for a ‘Rotor Sail’ – a device that imitates the operation of a sail. A new mast has also been mounted as the stern top light must be placed in front of the rotor sail. The device itself will be installed in Q2 2020.
By installing a rotating sail on the ferry Copenhagen, the projected reduction of CO2 emissions is expected to be 4-5 percent.
The highlight of the Mazarine project was the construction of an additional, new cargo deck, from the superstructure towards the bow, and the installation of a hydraulic entry ramp. This is an additional 1000 tonnes that hit the ship. Earlier prepared sections were transported to the ship’s deck by our floating sheerleg REM-220. A full range of mechanical, hull maintenance and painting works were carried out. The entire superstructure and new sections were also refreshed from the outside including a silicone paint application on the underwater part of the hull.
Due to the excellent organization of work, the project proceed according to the schedule. Mazarine is the first vessel of a Belgian shipowner, which was converted by our shipyard. She is a Ro-Ro Cargo Ship built in 2009 at the shipyard in Flensburg, Germany, owned by Belgian company Cobelfret from Antwerp.
Spirit of Vancouver Island owned by BC Ferries, has been converted at Remontowa Shiprepair Yard SA. On 28 February 2019 the ferry departed from the yard following the completion of a mid-life upgrade (MLU).
The Spirit of Vancouver Island ferry entered Remontowa SA on October 15, 2018. She underwent modernization, upgrade and machinery conversion completed in February 2019. Then the ship began her voyage across the Atlantic, the Panama Canal and a passage along the west coast of North America to Richmond in Canada.