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5th Edition of Shipping 4.0: RoMare

Last 25th March the 5th Edition of Shipping 4.0: RoMare” took place  in Rome at Confitarma, organized by Shipping 4.0 and Confitarma.

Mrs Federica Barbaro, as President of Confitarma’s Technical Group “International transport and logistics, international regulations and safety” was invited to speak about both the impact of Ukraine/russia sanctions on the shipping market and about energy supply. Confitarma has been supporting for long the necessity to reconsider our country’s  policy on regasification plants and the development of the Italian gas tanker/LNG fleet, setting up an institutional table dedicated to the energy policy of next decades, which also includes maritime transport.

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sustainability pb tankers

Research and accountability to preserve the environment

At PB Tankers, we have always focused on safety and sustainability first.

Our commitment to social responsibility has always been crucial for us. That’s why we were one of the first shipping companies to apply for quality certifications: ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and Competence Management System by RINA.

We have always been pioneers, and we still are.

The Group was the first to introduce double-hulled vessels in the maritime transport sector. 

As times change, we are still leaders in the maritime shipping industry. 

We think that to promote innovation, a Company should allocate resources to market research and development and support a managerial structure that is accountable and focused on what matters the most. 

PB Tankers recognized the importance of applying a transparent ESG framework and has put robust sustainability and ESG strategies in place. We hope many other organizations and corporations in the maritime sector will soon follow suit. 

Francesco La Barbera, PB Tankers’ new CEO, threads the new trail bringing the Company towards the future. The Company specializes and invests in liquid bulks, LNG and LPG while offering the know-how and experience in the commercial and technical management of vessels that distinguish PB Tankers and the Barbaro Group.

We have always been at the forefront of technology and innovation to find possible solutions to global issues, working for a greener future in the whole maritime transportation sector.

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Expanding its services

PB Tankers is exploring the possibility, along with International Partners, to set up a division specialised in the operations & management of Research and Oceanographic vessels, to enhance our experitise by extending our Mission and its core values in terms of operational efficiency.

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OFAC de-Lists PB Tankers

Statement from PB Tankers 

Rome, July 4, 2019


In an announcement dated July 3, 2019, The US Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) de-listed PB Tankers S.p.A. and its owned and managed ships (Gold Point, Ice Point, Indian Point, Iron Point, Silver Point and Alba Marina Floating Storage), removing them from their OFAC list in relation to Venezuela sanctions.

The US Department of State has also acknowledged all the concrete and meaningful actions of the Company.

As a result of the delisting, all property and interests in property, which had been blocked as a result of the designation, are unblocked, and all transactions involving the Company and its ships are no longer prohibited.

In one of the fastest delistings in recent OFAC history, PB Tankers’ history of compliance and its continued commitment to strong compliance policies and procedures, as well as the support of the Italian Institutions and the quality of the information provided by the Company in relation to its involvement with Venezuela, were cited for the resolution of the case.

PB Tankers wishes to thank the Italian Institutions and in particular the Italian Embassy in Washington for their unstinted support, together with their professional advisors, Hill Dickinson of London (Julian Clark and Siiri Duddington) and Blank Rome of Washington DC (Matthew J. Thomas), for helping the Company to resolve this unfortunate situation.

All PB Tankers’ fleet remain fully crewed and in Class and ready to resume trading. Three of the vessels are in Freeport, The Bahamas, one is in Rotterdam and one is off Istanbul.

“We are open for business and wish to thank our crews, our customers and business partners for their patience and understanding through this very difficult period” says the Company.

PB Tankers and OFAC

Statement from PB Tankers 

Rome, April 15, 2019

PB Tankers is shocked and concerned by the action taken by OFAC (US Office of Foreign Assets Control) in adding the company and a number of the company’s vessels to the current SDN (Specially Designated Nationals) list in relation to trade with Venezuela. This has been done without any notification or contact with the Company. As a consequence, we will be taking immediate steps to ensure that both are delisted as a matter of urgency.

PB Tankers, an Italian shipping company with more than 100 years of service to the international community, has been taking regular advice from both its UK and US lawyers and has been taking all possible steps to ensure compliance with current US sanctions including, but not limited to, restriction of trade under a single time charter contract which predates the current sanctions regime. PB Tankers does not have any ships in Venezuela, nor will be trading into or out of Venezuela.

It is therefore extremely disappointing that the US/OFAC have decided to take such action against an Owner who has throughout done everything possible to comply.

PB Tankers will continue to meet its obligations as a matter of international law.


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