I, Artan SONAY,
I was born in the year 1947 on the street Haliç Fener Vodina.
After primary school, I got a start in business life with my age of 13.
I worked for 5 years as a lather (machinist) helper on the Unkapanı Üsküplü street with a weekly income of 350 Kurus.After that, I started to work at the company Küçükmustafapaşa Deniz İnşa Kızakları (Cambers) with a weekly income of 55 Lira.3 years later with the age of 20 I went to military after being educated in Izmir Poligon, I completed my military service of 23 months on the ship named TCG BARTIN.The day after completion of my military service, the ship was scrapped. Meanwhile the warehouse work permit procedures for the pier construction of the sand warehouse in Pendik was continuing and at the day of completion of my military service, the work permit of the sand warehouse was also obtained.I married in 1970 and am now father of 4 children. I continued working at the sand warehouse between the years 1970 and 1990. In 1990 my elder brother ended the partnership.However, I was lucky, because I had purchased the company Küçükmustafapaşa Deniz İnşa Kızakları (Cambers), where I used to work as helper and established the shipyard company named GEMTIS in Tuzla in 1990.The first ship which was manufactured at my Shipyard company GEMTIS, which entered into service in 1993 was the vessel named “YALÇIN 2” and the first vessel I repaired at my company was the Greece ship named “AGIOS NECTARIOS”.