José Alfredo Sabatino Pizzolante holds a law degree from University of Carabobo (Venezuela). He studied at University of Wales, College of Cardiff, where he obtained an MSc in port and shipping administration and an LLM in maritime law. Currently he is a partner at Sabatino Pizzolante Abogados Mari´timos & Comerciales, the managing director of Globalpandi SA (P&I correspondents) and a professor at the Universidad Experimental Marítima del Caribe (Caracas). He is also a legal adviser to the Venezuelan Shipping Association, vice president of the Venezuelan Association of Maritime Law, executive vice president of the Venezuelan Association of Port Law and a titular member of the Comite´ Maritime International and the Iberoamerican Institute of Maritime Law. He has written extensively on the subject of Venezuelan maritime law, attending many international seminars and congresses as a speaker.