Mohan Anantharaman

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Mohan Anantharaman

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Room F65, Swanson Building, Newnham Campus

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Mohan Anantharaman is a Senior Lecturer with the Maritime Training department, part of the National Centre for Ports & Shipping at the Australian Maritime College (University of Tasmania). He lectures in Advanced Marine Engineering and Advanced Applied Mechanics in the undergraduate program. Also delivers units on Marine Superintendency and Marine Surveying and Inspection for Post Graduates. He is pursuing his PhD on 'Development of a Condition based Maintenance Model for a vessel's Main Propulsion system'.


Mohan has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Bombay, India and did his Marine Engineering Training with the Shipping Corporation of India. He started his sea going career in 1978 as a Junior Marine Engineer, clocked up sea time and obtained his First Class Certificate of competency in 1983. He continued his sailing career until 2000, the last 10 years in the capacity of Chef engineer. He then enrolled for his Master's by Research at the University of Newcastle(U.K), successfully completed with distinction in 2001. He then joined the Australian Maritime College as a lecturer in 2002, and got promoted as a Senior Lecturer in 2008.

Career summary


  • MRes (2001), 'Measurement and control of marine diesel engine NOx emissions', University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom 
  • BEng (Hons) (1975), University of Bombay, India
  • Dip OpResMan (1986), University of Bombay, India
  • Cert Workplace Assessment and Training (2003), TAFE Tasmania, Australia
  • Cert Tert.Teach. (2003), University of Tamania, Australia
  • Cert MATLAB Fundamentals (2011), Melbourne, Australia
  • First Class Cert of Competency (Motor) (1983), Directorate General of Shipping, Bombay, india

Languages (other than English)

  • Hindi
  • Tamil
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi.


Professional practice

  • Fellow, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, UK. (FIMarEST)
  • Member, Royal Institute of Naval Architects. (RINA), UK
  • Chartered Engineer (U.K)
  • Marine Engineering Class 1 (Motor), Mercantile Marine Department, Bombay, 1983.
  • Lead Auditor, ISO 9002 & ISM Code, Ferriby Marine, Hull, UK, 1998
  • Administrative expertise

    Course coordinator for the BAppSc(Mar Eng) program. Responsible for course planning, course design and development, course delivery, selection of educational resources, assessment, students' learning outcomes and course evaluation. Work with the director NCPS at AMC/UTAS in conducting external audits by stakeholder. Organise Industrial Liaison committee meetings and work with overseas universities to establish collaboration with AMC/UTAS.
    Unit coordinator for two post graduate units Marine Superintendency and Marine Surveying and Inspection, offered by distance.


    Advanced Marine Engineering (Motor), Advanced Applied Mechanics, Marine Superintendency, Marine Surveying and Inspection.

    Teaching expertise

    Mohan teaches  subjects on Advanced Marine Engineering and Advanced Applied Mechanics for undergraduates.

    He teaches  units on Marine Superintendency and Marine Surveying and Inspection to post graduatesMohan has also taught units on Management and Maritime Law.

    Teaching responsibility

    BAppSc (Mar Eng)

    JNE310 - Advanced Applied Mechanics

    JNE316 - Advanced Marine Engineering (motor)

    JND512 - Marine Superintendancy

    JND513 - Marine Surveying and Inspection

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    • Reliability Centred Maintenance for Marine Propulsion system.
    • Port State Control Inspection in the Maritime Industry

    Research Themes

    Mohan's research aligns to the University's research theme of Maritime. .Today in the shipping world we see huge vessel sizes comprising of Very Large Bulk Carriers, Crude oil Tankers, LNG vessels and Mega Container vessels. Major proportions of these vessels are propelled by large slow speed main propulsion engines, directly coupled to the propeller. These main propulsion engines have to be highly reliable and safe at all times, which can be ensured by adopting an efficient and effective maintenance regime. Presently the main propulsion engines on ships have a planned maintenance regime, where maintenance is carried out on the basis of regular intervals, according to engine manufacturer's advice and experience of ship's Chief Engineer or Master. The candidate has vast seagoing experience and has been an ex-Chief Engineer on ships and is of the opinion that the shipping industry need to move from the planned maintenance regime to a condition based maintenance regime (CBM). This belief is well supported by literature survey conducted during present research. CBM has been successfully employed by sister transport industries like aviation and rail, also by various other manufacturing and process industries. This provides a convincing rationale of this research to develop a Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) model for a vessel's main propulsion system and related sub-systems. Also practical case studies experienced by the candidate during that vast sailing on board vessels has been another driving force to undertake this research. The methodology employed in developing the CBM model for the main propulsion system will be first developed in block diagrams. Subsequently Markov analysis used to assesses the reliability of the subsystem. This would assist in evaluating the reliability and condition of the main propulsion system. Using the condition of the system maintenance plan will be developed. This plan will be dynamic and depend on the condition of the system. Real time data analysis will be carried out to validate results. CBM will generate cost savings to the shipping industry, by avoiding wasteful expenditure and resources, in the uncalled for maintenance of the Main propulsion system, and also enhance Safety and Reliability of the system


    • Award for Publication AMC-UTAS in 2014

    Fields of Research

    • Maritime Engineering (091199)
    • Marine Engineering (091101)
    • Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
    • Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)

    Research Objectives

    • Transport (889999)
    • Water Transport (880299)
    • Energy Conservation and Efficiency in Transport (850702)
    • Management of Water Consumption by Transport Activities (889806)
    • Environmentally Sustainable Transport (889899)
    • International Sea Freight Transport (excl. Live Animal Transport) (880202)
    • Navy (810108)


    Mohan regularly contributes to the International Journal of Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea transportation, and Maintenance Journal, Australia.

    Total publications


    Journal Article

    (6 outputs)
    2015Anantharaman M, Garaniya V, Khan F, Lewarn B, 'Marine engines and their impact on the economy, technical efficiency and environment', Journal of the Japan Institution of Marine Engineering, 50, (3) pp. 85-92. ISSN 1346-1427 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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    Co-authors: Garaniya V; Khan F; Lewarn B


    2014Anantharaman M, Khan F, Garaniya V, Lewarn B, 'A step-by-step approach for evaluating the reliability of the main engine lube oil system for a ship's propulsion system', The International journal on marine navigation and safety of sea transportation, 8, (3) pp. 367-371. ISSN 2083-6473 (2014) [Refereed Article]

    DOI: 10.12716/1001.08.03.06 [eCite] [Details]

    Co-authors: Khan F; Garaniya V; Lewarn B


    2013Anantharaman M, 'Using reliability block diagrams and fault tree circuits to develop a condition based maintenance model for a vessel's main propulsion system and related subsystems', TransNav : The International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation, 7, (3) pp. 409-413. ISSN 2083-6481 (2013) [Refereed Article]

    DOI: 10.12716/1001.07.03.13 [eCite] [Details]


    2012Anantharaman MP, 'A Proposed Research Project to Develop a Condition Based Maintenance model for a vessel's main propulsion system and related subsystems', Asset Maintenance and Maintenance Journal, 25, (5) pp. 47. ISSN 1835-7903 (2012) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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    2003Anantharaman MP, 'Fault Tree Analysis to Prepare Cargo Holds for Loading on Bulk Carriers', MJ Maintenance Journal, 16, (3) pp. 72-74. ISSN 1835-789X (2003) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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    2002Anantharaman MP, 'A Fault Tree approach to Practical Shipboard Problem On A Fresh Water Generator', Maintenance Quarterly, 15, (4) pp. 64, 65. ISSN 1835-789X (2002) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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    Chapter in Book

    (2 outputs)
    2015Anantharaman M, Khan F, Garaniya V, Lewarn B, 'Reliability of fuel oil system components versus main propulsion engine: An impact assessment study', Safety of Marine Transport: Marine navigation and safety of sea transportation, CRC Press, A Weintrit & T Neumann (ed), PO Box 11320, 2301 EH Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 175-180. ISBN 978-1-138-02859-3 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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    Co-authors: Khan F; Garaniya V; Lewarn B


    2013Anantharaman MP, Lawrence N, 'Develop a Condition Based Maintenance model for a vessel's main propulsion system and related subsystems', Maritime Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation, CRC Press/Balkema, A Weintrit & T Neumann (ed), The Netherlands, pp. 235-238. ISBN 978-1-138-00105-3 (2013) [Other Book Chapter]

    DOI: 10.1201/b14960-42 [eCite] [Details]

    Co-authors: Lawrence N


    Conference Publication

    (10 outputs)
    2017Anantharaman M, Khan F, Garaniya V, Lewarn B, 'Reliability assessment of vessel's main engine by combining Markov analysis integrated with time dependent failures', Conference Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transport (TRANSNAV 2017), 21-23 June 2017, Gydnia, Poland, pp. 367-374. ISBN 978-1-138-29768-5 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

    DOI: 10.1201/9781315099088-64 [eCite] [Details]

    Co-authors: Khan F; Garaniya V; Lewarn B


    2017Anantharaman M, Khan F, Garaniya V, Lewarn B, 'A holistic approach to reliability and safety on the operation of a main propulsion engine subjected to a harsh working environment', Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop and Symposium on Safety and Integrity Management of Operations in Harsh Environments (C-RISE3), 18-20 October 2017, St John's, NL, Canada, pp. 1-6. (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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    Co-authors: Khan F; Garaniya V; Lewarn B


    2017Sardar A, Jayasinghe S, Anantharaman M, 'Condition monitoring for automated ferries', Proceedings of IAMU AGA 18, 11-14 October 2017, Varna, Bulgaria, pp. 524-532. ISBN 978-954-8991-96-4 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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    Co-authors: Sardar A; Jayasinghe S


    2013Anantharaman MP, 'Port state control inspection in the Shipping world - a safety and social Responsibility', Proceedings of the Pacific 2013 International Maritime Conference, 7-9 October 2013, Darling Harbour, Australia, pp. 1-10. (2013) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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    2013Anantharaman MP, 'Port state control inspection in the shipping world - a safety and social responsibility', Proceedings of the international scientific meeting for corporate social responsibility (csr) in shipping, 11-12 June 2013, Kotka, Finland, pp. 110-126. ISBN 978-951-29-5618-0 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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    2012Anantharaman MP, 'Port State Control Inspection in the Shipping World', Maritime Safety and Marine Environmental Protection for the Littoral States of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, 15th - 23rd September 2012, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, China, pp. 1-67. (2012) [Plenary Presentation]

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    2012Anantharaman MP, 'The penchant for large diesel engines in the operation of big shipping vessels', BIT's 1st Annual World Congress of Ocean 2012: Abstract Book, 20-22 Sept 2012, Hangzhou, China, pp. 101. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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    2004Anantharaman MP, 'Ship Economy: A Fault Tree Approach to Address Shipboard, Pracitcal Problems to Achieve a Huge Benefits to Cost Ratio', Proceedings of Pacific 2004 International Maritime Conference, 3-5 February, Sydney, pp. 68-78. ISBN 1877040185 (2004) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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    2004Anantharaman MP, 'Oil pollution regulations and oily water separator design to meet these requirements', Australian Maritime Sciences Association, 6-9 July 2004, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 14. (2004) [Conference Extract]

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    2004Anantharaman MP, 'Ship Economy: A Fault Tree Approach to Address Shipboard, Problems to Achieve a Huge Benefits to Cost Ratio', Pacific 2004 International Maritime Conference Managers, OCT 2004, Sydney Australia, pp. 68 - 78. ISBN 1877040185 (2004) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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    Grants & Funding

    Funding Summary

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    Total funding



    RAN-ASHORE - Study to achieve on-shore qualification of Marine Systems Technicians (2016)$49,093
    This project will explore the opportunities and threats associated with delivering more of the training for Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Marine Systems Technicians ashore, rather than at-sea. We will review current approaches and training facilities, document new approaches being used to train merchant seafarers, develop training assessment methodologies and collect empirical evidence validating the use of training technologies for qualification of MSTs.
    Defence Science and Technology Group ($49,093)
    Contract Research
    Administered By
    University of Tasmania
    Research Team
    Brooks BP; Lutzhoft MH; Lokuketagoda GO; Anantharaman MP