Akmal is a Naval Architect with Orcades Marine with interests in vessel design, marine structures design, mooring design and analysis, and marine renewable technology. He has an MSc in Naval Architecture from Newcastle University. He is familiar with the standards used for mooring design and review and has a good grounding in different Classification Society rules for structural strength and fatigue assessment gained during his time in University. He is also familiar with the Common Structural Rules. He is competent in stability assessments, assessment of structural requirements, and in specialist maritime and engineering software such as Inventor and ProteusDS. Other specialist maritime software that he has experience using included ANSYS, MAXSURF and AutoCAD. He is experienced in conducting structural and fabrication surveys for Third Party Verification work on behalf of marine renewable clients and in research and development work. He also conducts ballast sampling work on inbound tankers into Scapa Flow.