Feb 23, 2023 | Ship classification news

ABS has appointed Panos Koutsourakis, who has 18 years of industry experience with shipping companies, classification, operations, design and new construction, decarbonisation technologies and strategic planning, to head its global sustainability team.

As VP Global Sustainability, Koutsourakis will heads a global network of sustainability centres in key maritime locations, including Singapore, Athens, Houston, Copenhagen and Shanghai. Reporting to ABS SVP Global Business Development Vassilios Kroustallis, Koutsourakis will lead delivery of an innovative portfolio of sustainability services geared to support the industry through the clean energy transition.

Christopher J Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO said: “ABS is a pioneer in marine and offshore sustainability and is playing a defining role in shaping the clean energy transition. ABS operates at the intersection of technology, regulation and safety. That’s our sweet spot. That’s what we’re built for, and it is the sweet spot for sustainability. Our commitment to supporting owners, operators, shipyards, governments and the wider industry in achieving their decarbonisation objectives is unwavering. With his extensive experience of the industry and deep insight into the technologies and operational strategies, Panos will continue to build on our leadership position and support the evolution of a more sustainable industry.”

Koutsourakis holds a Master’s Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and has been ABS Director, Global Sustainability since 2020.

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