Robert A Socha has been named vice president of sales and marketing at Louisiana-based shipbuilder Conrad Shipyard
In this role, Mr Socha will lead Conrad’s sales and marketing efforts, working collaboratively with the shipbuilder’s business groups, including business development, engineering and product development, contracts, estimating and operations.
“We are excited to have Robert join our team,” said Conrad Industries chairman and chief executive Johnny Conrad. “He brings to our company 30-plus years of experience in sales and marketing in the marine industry, and he is a welcome addition to our company. Robert’s extensive background will help Conrad strengthen existing customer relationships, develop entries into new markets and expand our sales presence in the industry. Robert exhibits professionalism and integrity, qualities Conrad deems critical in taking care of our customers, and we are delighted to bring him aboard,” stated Mr Conrad.
Mr Socha is well-known in US shipbuilding circles, having most recently been senior vice president business development at Halter Marine, Pascagoula, Mississippi. Other managerial positions have included vice president business development at both Mid-Gulf Shipping and Baker Marine Solutions, and executive vice president sales and marketing new construction, repairs and conversions at Bollinger Shipyards. He was also a long-time executive at US-based OSV owner Tidewater Marine, obtaining the position of assistant division manager North America Towing division.
Conrad Industries’ Conrad Orange shipyard in Orange, Texas built Clean Jacksonville, the first LNG bunker barge in the US. With a capacity of 2,200 m3, the bunker barge has GTT membrane cargo tanks and a specially designed loading arm. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Clean Jacksonville bunkers LNG fuel for TOTE Maritime’s two LNG-fuelled container ships, Isla Bella and Perla del Caribe, that operate in the Jones Act trade to Puerto Rico.
With shipyards in Louisiana and Texas, Conrad builds, converts and repairs a wide range of vessels, from lift boats, crew boats and OSVs to ferries, towboats, tugs and oceangoing and inland barges.