Evaluate the energy efficiency of ships

Evaluate the energy efficiency of ships to comply with the regulations of the International Maritime Organisation

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

Greenhouse gas emissions from ships have been a burning issue for some time and there is a significant contribution to global warming since merchant shipping forms a large proportion of international trade. The GHG includes oxides of nitrogen, oxides (NOx), oxides of sulphur (SOx), methane (CH4), and carbon dioxide (CO2). The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has taken a number of steps to address the issue of GHG emissions from ships. One such initiative that came into play in 2011 was the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships built after 2013. This index was based on the ship's propulsion power, fuel consumption, and capacity. Further, in 2018 IMO also suggested an Energy Efficiency Design Index for existing ships (EEXI), which would apply to existing ships. All ship owners and ship operators have to comply with EEXI beginning January 2023.

This research will focus on the implementation and compliance challenges encountered by ship owners and ship operators to achieve the target EEXI. This study will look into refining the methodologies and calculation procedures to determine EEXI for different types of vessels. The methods will involve ship design, propulsion systems, and energy management systems to enhance technical efficiency and environmental protection.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Mohan Anantharaman


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Other funding opportunities and fees

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Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applicants must have a First-Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Priority will be given to those who got the first-class honors for his/her bachelor's degree and master's by coursework course with research components and/or publications
  • Applicants must have in-depth knowledge of marine engineering

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Dr Mohan Anantharaman to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 25 September 2023.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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