Al Maerifa Public Seminar Series

Presented Digitally by Texas A&M University at Qatar

Introduction to the American Bureau of Shipping

Thursday, 16 September 2021 • 12–1 p.m. GMT +3

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) is a U.S. based global maritime classification society established in 1862. Classification societies carry out engineering reviews and survey vessels before, during and after construction to relevant rules and regulations. ABS’ stated mission is to serve the public interest as well as the needs of our members and clients by promoting the security of life and property, and preserving the natural environment, primarily through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine and offshore assets. As technology advances, and the world requires sustainable solutions, ABS has taken an industry leading role in the areas of sustainability and digital, always focusing on safety, which is the core of our business.

This presentation will cover what classification is, a brief history on ABS and its operations and functions. It will also provide an overview on how ABS is striving to support the Qatar National Vision and local clients as they also work towards achieving this vision, which includes education and quality employment for nationals. It also focuses on reduced reliance on hydrocarbons , economic protection and development, and increased use of digital tools. ABS is addressing these challenges in its short, mid and long-term strategies and look forward to supporting local Qatari organizations’ work towards these goals.

Mr. Pantelis Skinitis

Pantelis Skinitis joined the ABS Middle East Team in November 2020 as the Director, Business Development for ABS Qatar. Pantelis has been with ABS for more than 13 years in a number of different roles, and locations around the globe, which make his profile highly diversified. In his last role he was the Regional Director of Business Development for ABS Group, responsible for the Europe, Middle East and Africa Region.

During his time with ABS he has played a critical role in the global delivery and development of risk and reliability products. He has also worked in Houston as the Manager of Strategy and Business Development for Global Marine, in South Korea with new construction projects as a Senior Surveyor and in the Kingdom of Bahrain as a Senior Surveyor.

Pantelis holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration in information technology management from Drexel University, and a master’s degree in international transportation management from the State University of New York Maritime College.