There is a saying that even the longest journey begins with the first step. This step was a simple assumption for us: to become a company that is to provide a comprehensive service in regard to the shipping of liquid and bulk cargoes between ports all over Europe. In 2003 the Unibaltic Company was established, co-owners Arkadiusz Wójcik and Czesław Kowalak, who had been associated with the sea since the time of the Maritime Academy in Szczecin, decided to make their plans a reality.
The first year of the operation was mainly based on managing two chartered ships, the m/t Amaranth and the m/t Amethyst, from a small office in Szczecin, where only a few people would work. Self-reliance was a key objective for the Company, starting from the search for suitable cargoes, through the organization of their transport and up to agency services for the ships in the Polish ports. The first year of the business was crowned with the purchase of the Company's first own chemical tanker, the m/t AMONITH. During the following years, the Company has been intensively developing its business by establishing a number of new contacts, signing contracts with large, significant producers in the market. That permitted a further successive expansion of the fleet through successive purchases. A wide development of the Company's business to the extent which would allow it to provide even more professional services in order to meet the expectations of customers and the growing demands of the market led the Company to open a branch in Gdynia in 2005. In the years 2006-2008, the Company expanded its fleet to 5 ships. This allowed the Company to reach a volume of over 0.5 million tonnes of carried liquid cargo.
The primary objective of the Company is to satisfy the needs of our customers through a high quality and maximum adjustment of our services to their requirements. This approach of the Directors of the Company resulted in the creation of departments which specialise in forwarding and trade. By the year 2010, the fleet had been expanded by another 2 ships, at that time the Company already operated 6 chemical tankers and 1 bulk carrier altogether. In 2012, the Company was able to ship as many as over 1 million tons of cargo per annum. That dynamic growth allowed the Unibaltic Group to make further purchases; the Company's strategy was to expand its fleet by 1 vessel per year. And so this did happen... In 2016 it already had 11 ships: 9 chemical tankers and 2 bulk carriers. In its quest for fulfilling market expectations, the Company had been gradually renewing its fleet, focusing on younger and younger ships that would meet the market demand. Within the decade we have become a significant player in the market of the transportation of liquid chemical cargoes. The efforts of the Unibaltic Group have been appreciated, which resulted in many prestigious awards, e.g. the Business Gazelles, Forbes Diamonds, Business Busole - the Economic Award of the Mayor of Szczecin in the Company of the Year category, or the emblem TERAZ POLSKA in the category: services, sea transport of chemical cargoes.
In 2017-2019, the Unibaltic Group not only invested in new ships, but also in the infrastructure and the people. These people, thanks to their passion and commitment, have become experts in their fields. Each of them is highly educated and experienced in the maritime industry. Today, 17 years after its foundation, the Company employs 35 qualified office personnel.
The Company's potential, dynamic development and constant evolution also allow for the creation of a scholarship programme for outstanding students of the Maritime Academy. Apart from financial assistance, the students covered by the programme are also guaranteed their employment after graduation. Thanks to this cooperation, the Unibaltic Group provides its ships with highly qualified crews.
In order to achieve the objectives of the quality, safety and environmental policies, the Unibaltic Group developed and implemented a quality and safety management system compliant with the requirements of the International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and Pollution Prevention - ISM Code and the ISO9001:2015 and ISO14001:2015 standards. In view of the safety and quality of chemical product shipping, all the Unibaltic ships are successively inspected by the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI).
The year 2020 denotes new challenges... This time the Company decided not to purchase, but to have a new ship built in a Turkish shipyard. This is another important step in the growth of the Company. The new chemical tanker will provide transport services for the current and future customers of the Unibaltic Group