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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)
  • Maritime transportation and freight services (350904)
  • Supply chains (350909)
  • Logistics (350903)
  • Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development (390102)
  • Economics, business and management curriculum and pedagogy (390103)
  • Business systems in context (350399)
  • Marine engineering (401501)
  • Maritime engineering (401599)
  • Environmental assessment and monitoring (410402)
  • Injury prevention (420604)
  • Business information systems (350303)
  • Environmental management (410404)
  • Research, science and technology policy (440710)
  • Occupational and workplace health and safety (350505)
  • Ship and platform structures (incl. maritime hydrodynamics) (401504)
  • Naval architecture (401502)
  • Aquaculture (300501)
  • Information systems (460999)
  • Fisheries management (300505)
  • Ocean engineering (401503)
  • Pollution and contamination (410599)

Research Objectives

  • International sea freight transport (excl. live animals, food products and liquefied gas) (270405)
  • Port infrastructure and management (270409)
  • Workforce transition and employment (160206)
  • Coastal sea freight transport (270402)
  • Domestic passenger water transport (e.g. ferries) (270403)
  • Management of liquid waste from transport activities (excl. water) (270202)
  • Logistics (140107)
  • Human capital issues (150502)
  • Other education and training (169999)
  • Other transport (279999)
  • Learner and learning (160199)
  • Management of greenhouse gas emissions from transport activities (190311)
  • Technological and organisational innovation (150306)
  • Injury prevention and control (200408)
  • Application software packages (220401)
  • Service industries standards and calibrations (150404)
  • Institutional arrangements (190206)
  • Wind energy (170808)
  • Energy storage, distribution and supply (170399)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of marine environments (180507)
  • Management of solid waste from transport activities (270204)
  • Wave energy (170807)
  • Management (150302)
  • Water transport (270499)
  • Environmental lifecycle assessment (190204)
  • Information systems, technologies and services (220499)

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 - 8Web of Science - 7

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 - 17Web of Science - 16

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 G, 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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Citations: Scopus - 1

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)
YearCitationAltmetrics
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

6

Total funding

$998,526

Projects

Microplastics pollution from ports and shipping activities in the Indo-Pacific: Potential risks and mitigation strategies (2022 - 2023)$99,904
Description
Project purpose:To examine microplastic pollution associated with ports and shipping activities and to assist maritime industry stakeholders in the Indo-Pacific in finding practical and viable solutions for reducing ocean plastic contamination.Project aims:1.To explore differences in the levels of microplastic contamination in port and non-port sites across two geographical locations using a range of techniques.2.To develop policy imperatives and microplastic pollution mitigation strategies for the maritime industry based on literature review, scientific evidence obtained from data collected from the Indo-Pacific region, and an international stakeholder workshop.3.To raise awareness of microplastics pollution caused by ports and shipping activities and to promote best practices among maritime industry stakeholders including, but not limited to, governments, regulators, maritime industry associations, port authorities, ship operators, maritime workers and the scientific community.4.To progress the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) through collaboration and engagement between researchers and maritime stakeholders in Australia and India, and the wider Indo-Pacific maritime community.
Funding
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ($99,904)
Scheme
Australia-India Indo-Pacific Oceans Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bhaskar PR; Chen S; Nguyen H-O; Komyakova V; Majumdar A; Phadke A
Period
2022 - 2023
Novel Offshore Fish Farm Design: Phase 1 (Conceptual Development) (2022)$468,123
Description
With fish farming moving from onshore to offshore, a novel fish pen design is needed. The scoping study "Review of Fish Pen Designs and Mooring Systems" by C. M. Wang et al. (2020) provided an overview of current challenges and future design opportunities for offshore fish pens. Based on that, two new design schemes called SeaFisher and SeaDipper evolved. Submitted as a patent application, they reduce the wave load by either elevating or submerging the main parts of the structure (see attachment 01 for further information). Linked with the other BECRC programs, this project proposal will develop the SeaDipper and SeaFisher conceptually further to create safer, more efficient and affordable offshore fish pen structures.Two major industry partners (Tassal Group and Huon Aquaculture) with broad operational expertise will participate and co-select the most promising concepts of the SeaFisher and SeaDipper during this first phase before the concepts will be improved and tested in detail, prototyped, and commercialised in the subsequent two phases.This project is led by Professor Joerg Baumeister from Griffith University, partner universities include AMC/UTAS and University of Queensland (UQ). AMC/UTAS will be undertaking Activity 3 (Costs, Logistics, and Power Estimations for offshore fish pens) among three in this project i.e. Activity 1: Conceptual design development of SeaFisher and SeaDipper (Griffith University); Activity 2: modelling, analysis and engineering design of fish pens and mooring systems(UQ and Griffith). AMC/UTAS will undertake the following research activities during the two years. 1. Assessment of energy sources and demand for the SeaFisher and SeaDipper designs and analyse the materials flow for commissioning SeaFisher and SeaDipper designs (Phase 1a. from January to June 2022):2. Review ORE conversion techniques, identify transport logistics requirements, costs, and risks (Phase 1b. from July to December 2022):3. Design energy system concepts (mainly for SeaDipper); analyse the operating logistics and cost components (Phase 1c. from January to June 2023):4. Finalise energy system designs, estimate CAPEX for both fish pen designs, write report, prepare next Phase (Phase 1d. from July to December 2023):
Funding
Blue Economy CRC Co ($468,123)
Scheme
General Projects
Administered By
Blue Economy CRC Co
Research Team
Baumeister J; Chen S; Nader JP; Bhaskar PR; Rezaei Vandchali H; Howe DP; Carter CG
Year
2022
Code of Practice for Aquaculture Vessels (2022 - 2024)$228,657
Description
There is an identified need to develop a Code of Practice (COP) specific to offshore aquaculture vessels for use in the growing blue economy sector. This project will conduct a comprehensive review of existing National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) and the guidelines of classification societies to develop a new set of Deemed to Satisfy rules and regulations for offshore aquaculture vessels. The final COP will be a reference document for Australian operations, to be submitted to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for possible adoption.
Funding
Blue Economy CRC Co ($228,657)
Scheme
General Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Shearer C; Abdussamie N; Bhaskar PR; Islam TR; Enshaei H; Chin CKH
Period
2022 - 2024
Data fusion and machine learning for ship fuel efficiency analysis: a small but essential step towards green shipping through data analytics (2021 - 2022)$77,790
Description
This project is toDevelop a data fusion methodology that pre-processes voyage report data, sensor data, weather archive data, and AIS data and combines these four data sets in a systematic way;Develop some ship fuel efficiency models with machine learning approaches (piecewise linear/nonlinear regression, neural network, and random forest) that quantify the synergetic influence of sailing speed, displacement/draft, trim, sea conditions, and weather conditions on a ships daily bunker fuel consumption;Construct a computer (Python) code infrastructure for the above data fusion methodology and ship fuel efficiency models.
Funding
International Association of Maritime Universities ($77,790)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Du Y; Chen S; Nikolova ND; Bhaskar PR; Fei J; Bai Q
Period
2021 - 2022
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