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Our perspective

We like what we do, we do it well, and we are constantly learning how to get better at it.

We believe in simplicity, quality and reliability and we are proud of our work and our company.

These values define Polembros and they define our colleagues on shore and at sea.

Our company

Polembros Shipping is a family-owned ship management company based in Athens, Greece, dedicated to the safe and efficient management of tankers and bulk carriers. We currently manage a fleet of 8 bulk carriers and 14 tankers, ranging from Kamsarmax to Newcastlemax and from Aframax to VLCC.

The company began operating in its present form in London in 1974, though the owning family has been in shipping, as captains, chief engineers, and ship-managers for over a century. In 1999 we moved our headquarters from London to Athens, where we are located to this day.

In the early ‘70s, we established ourselves as pioneers in the oil transportation industry after transporting the first North Sea oil from Ekofisk field and also the first British oil ever produced, from the Argile field. This was achieved by converting 3 steam turbine tankers to bow loading in order to safely and efficiently carry out operations in the rough waters of the North Sea. Polembros continued to carry to shore the entire production from Argile until the field closed in 1992.

Later in the ‘80s, we used our offshore shuttle tanker operation expertise to serve the expanding Brazilian oil industry. In 1982 a Polembros vessel was the first foreign ship to load from Brazil’s offshore fields. The Polembros Brazilian shuttle tanker fleet then grew to boast 8 vessels.

In the 1990s and 2000s we saw the rise of China and looked to the East. While still maintaining a global presence we developed deeper relations with the Far East and substantially grew our dry bulk fleet in order to mee the demands of a rapidly growing China.

In the 2010s, we embarked on a vigorous fleet renewal program, placing orders for 13 dry bulk vessels. We also renewed our tanker fleet by acquiring 5 second-hand vessels and 5 newbuildings, positioning ourselves to better service our clients across the globe and their ever-changing needs.

We are devoted to continuously improving our service and particularly committed to ensuring our ships are safely operated and well maintained, with capable and reliable marine personnel.

Relying on our invaluable seamanship knowledge, on shore and at sea, innovative technologies and our vision for the future, we are determined to continue our diligent pursuit of excellence.