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Prashant Bhaskar

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Prashant Bhaskar

Director, National Centre for Ports & Shipping
Australian Maritime College

Room F09 , Swanson Building

+61 3 6324 9480 (phone)

Prashant.Bhaskar@utas.edu.au

Biography

Prashant has had nearly 40 years’ association with the maritime industry - first as a seafarer and then an educator and researcher. Prior to joining the Australian Maritime College in 1993, Prashant worked on a variety of ships and obtained his qualification as Master Mariner. During the past 25 years, Prashant has contributed extensively to human capability development in the maritime industry through education, training and consultancy in seafaring, maritime operations, and maritime and logistics management fields. As a researcher, Prashant’s primary interest lies in organisational resilience, especially as it relates to organisations in the maritime and logistics industries.

General Responsibilities

Prashant Bhaskar provides academic leadership to the National Centre for Ports & Shipping at the Australian Maritime College. Prashant has oversight of vocational, professional and higher education courses in seafaring, maritime operations, maritime business and logistics, as well as research in related fields.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD (2018) ‘Managing unexpected disruptions: The resilience of shipping companies' UTAS
  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (2015), Plenty Training
  • MBA (Maritime Management) (2006), AMC
  • Diploma of Business (Frontline Management) (2003), TASTRAIN
  • Occupational Health & Safety Diploma (2002), NGT
  • Diploma in Training & Assessment Systems (2001), TASTRAIN
  • Graduate Diploma in Business (1998), AMC
  • Diploma of Applied Science (Shipmaster) (1991), AMC
  • Certificate of Competency Master Class 1 (1991), AMSA

Languages (other than English)

Hindi

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport Australia
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Export

Committee associations

Membership of the Board of Directors, and Treasurer - Global Maritime Education & Training Association (GlobalMET)

Administrative expertise

  • Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) AMC, 2014 – 2015
  • Head, School of Maritime Industry Operations / Centre for Vessel Operations, AMC, 2003 - 2007

Teaching

Shipping operations, maritime and logistics management, seafaring, resilience

Teaching expertise

Blended learning, curriculum development, vocational education & training (VET), short courses, course coordination

Teaching responsibility

JNB155 Ship Operations Management

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Expertise

Organisational resilience

Research Themes

  • Innovative and Sustainable Ports, Shipping and Logistics
  • Innovations in Maritime Operations, Training and Education

Fields of Research

  • Transportation, logistics and supply chains (350999)
  • Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development (390102)
  • Business systems in context (350399)
  • Economics, business and management curriculum and pedagogy (390103)
  • Maritime transportation and freight services (350904)
  • Logistics (350903)
  • Ocean engineering (401503)
  • Fisheries management (300505)

Research Objectives

  • International sea freight transport (excl. live animals, food products and liquefied gas) (270405)
  • Workforce transition and employment (160206)
  • Human capital issues (150502)
  • Port infrastructure and management (270409)
  • Other transport (279999)
  • Other education and training (169999)
  • Learner and learning (160199)
  • Domestic passenger water transport (e.g. ferries) (270403)
  • Management of greenhouse gas emissions from transport activities (190311)
  • Coastal sea freight transport (270402)
  • Technological and organisational innovation (150306)
  • Management (150302)

Publications

Total publications

10

Journal Article

(3 outputs)
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2018Chen PS-L, Cahoon S, Pateman H, Bhaskar P, Wang G, et al., 'Employability skills of maritime business graduates: industry perspectives', WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs, 17, (2) pp. 267-292. ISSN 1651-436X (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s13437-018-0140-9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Chen PS-L; Cahoon S; Pateman H

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2016Justice V, Bhaskar P, Pateman H, Cain P, Cahoon S, 'US container port resilience in a complex and dynamic world', Maritime Policy and Management, 43, (2) pp. 179-191. ISSN 0308-8839 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/03088839.2015.1133937 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Pateman H; Cain P; Cahoon S

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2014Bhaskar PR, Cahoon SC, Chen S, 'Conceptualising a resilience based approach to shipping sustainability', Review of Integrative Business & Economics Research, 3, (1) pp. 321-333. ISSN 2304-1013 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Cahoon SC; Chen S

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Conference Publication

(6 outputs)
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2019Bhaskar P, Cahoon S, Chen S-L, 'Shipping companies' resilience: the influence of modularity and response diversity', Proceedings of 4th Belt and Road Initiative Conference 2019, 1-3 August 2019, Bangkok, Thailand, pp. 1-15. (2019) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Cahoon S; Chen S-L

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2017Chen S-L, Cahoon S, Pateman H, Bhaskar P, Wang C, et al., 'An investigation of the skills gap between course learning outcomes of maritime business degrees and onshore employment requirements', Proceedings of the 18-th Annual General Assembly of the International Association of Maritime Universities, 11-14 October 2017, Varna, Bulgaria, pp. 125-135. ISBN 978-954-8991-96-4 (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Chen S-L; Cahoon S; Pateman H

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2014Bhaskar PR, Cahoon S, Brooks B, 'Ships of change: Why seafaring needs to embrace innovation', Proceedings of the 15th Annual general assembly International Association of Maritime Universities, 27-30 October 2014, Australian Maritime College, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 329-338. ISBN 978-0-9806391-4-8 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Cahoon S; Brooks B

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2014Bhaskar PR, Cahoon SC, Chen S, 'Conceptualising a resilience based approach to shipping sustainability', Proceedings of the 2014 SIBR Conference on Interdisciplinary Business and Economics Research, 7-8 February 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, pp. 1-13. ISSN 2223-5078 (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Cahoon SC; Chen S

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2014Justice V, Bhaskar P, Pateman H, Cain P, Cahoon S, 'Unknown Unknowns: US container port resilience in the new Panama Canal expansion era', Proceedings of the 2014 International Association of Maritime Economists Conference, 15-18 July 2014, Norfolk, Virginia, USA, pp. 1-20. (2014) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Pateman H; Cain P; Cahoon S

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2010Cahoon SC, Haugstetter H, Bhaskar PR, 'Overcoming seafarer shortages: Human resource management and marketing strategies for a sustainable future', IAME 2010 Conference Proceedings, 7-9 July, Lisbon, pp. 1-12. (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Cahoon SC; Haugstetter H

Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
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2017Chen SL, Cahoon SC, Pateman H, Bhaskar P, Wang G, et al., 'Aligning the course learning outcomes of maritime business degrees with industry preferred skill sets to increase student employability in the onshore maritime industry', IAMU 2016 Research Project (No. 20160405) Aligning the Course Learning Outcomes of Maritime Business Degrees with Industry Preferred Skill Sets to Increase Student Employability in the Onshore Maritim, International Association of Maritime Universities, Japan (2017) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Chen SL; Cahoon SC; Pateman H

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

2

Total funding

$124,052

Projects

Logistics challenges to offshore co-location of aquaculture & energy industries (2020)$49,972
Description
The ecosystem of a future blue economy (BE) consists of sectors including offshore aquaculture, offshore engineering, marine transport, ports, marine construction and supply, and marine renewable energy. The co-locating and/or integrating of aquaculture and marine renewable energy offshore requires an efficient, effective and coordinated logistics system to support its sustainability. The multiple sectors in the BE system complicates the logistics network and could result in business challenges in relation to, for example, shipping, transport infrastructure, storage design, policy (e.g. marine management protection), and regulation (e.g. safety and security).To address the above-mentioned challenges, it is important to understand the end-to end supply chains within the BE. Therefore, this project, firstly, aims to identify and map the supply chains within the BE. This will help companies better operate along their supply chains for performance improvement; appreciate customer demand patterns and customer preferences to optimise production plans and maximise revenue; and respond to sustainability requirements and therefore better engage with customers by providing demonstrable evidence, such as sustainable practices along these supply chains.Secondly, this project explores potential challenges of the offshore co-location of aquaculture and energy business development to develop an integrated and planned approach to managing the integrated supply chains.As such, there are two research questions (RQ):RQ1: What type of general framework is suitable for mapping supply chains within the BE?RQ2: What are the potential logistics challenges and opportunities to developing offshore co-location of aquaculture and energy sectors?In answering the research questions, this project will achieve the following objectives:1. Developing a general framework as for mapping supply chains within the BE, including process mapping approach and data collection tools;2. Identifying the current challenges and opportunities in offshore aquaculture and energy supply chains;3. Identifying current and emerging infrastructure/operations/people/technological solutions of adopting integrated and coordinated approaches by multiple firms in both offshore aquaculture and energy supply chains; and4. Charting directions to prepare industry sectors for potential logistics challenges to the offshore co-location of aquaculture and energy business development.The outcomes of this project will inform further research in developing an integrated and planned approach to managing supply chains. This relates to the identification of potential synergies between marine and offshore energy and aquaculture systems, which is output 5.2 of program 5 of the BE CRC.This project is also relevant to the remaining 4 programs of the BE CRC as logistics management is a critical factor to the success of each sector within the blue economy (RPs1-4) for production and decision making.The context of this research project is based on international studies on offshore aquaculture operations and offshore energy operations within the BE. It also relates to international studies on co-existence between offshore aquaculture and energy sectors conducted mainly in Europe, such as Germany, UK, Belgian, and Spain (e.g. Karmakar & Soares, 2015; de Groot, Campbell, Ashley & Rodwell, 2014; Weiss, Ondiviela, Guinda, Jesus, Gonzlez, Guanche & Juanes, 2018). This research will provide incremental and potentially transformational outcomes for BE supply chains within an Australian context.
Funding
Blue Economy CRC Co ($49,972)
Scheme
Scoping Study Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Chen S; Cahoon SC; Bhaskar PR; Abdussamie N; Adams LR; Lee K; Wu Y
Year
2020
Aligning the course learning outcomes of maritime business degrees with industry preferred skill sets to increase student employability in the onshore maritime industry (2016 - 2017)$74,080
Description
This research project will:Determine current and future employability skills and dimensions required for professional practice;Investigate similarities and differences in skill sets inherent in CLOs between international universities providing maritime business degrees;Develop a tool to evaluate alignment between industry employability skill sets and CLOs of maritime business degrees; andRecommend strategies to align the curriculum of maritime business degrees with employer-identified future skill sets.
Funding
International Association of Maritime Universities ($74,080)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Chen S; Cahoon SC; Pateman H; Bhaskar PR; Wang G; Parsons J
Period
2016 - 2017

Research Supervision

Current

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDThe Future of the Australian Maritime Shipping Industry - a study into the future shipping requirements for Regional Australia2020
PhDA Study on Strategies to Improve Resilience in Agri-food Supply Chains2020