Prashanth AthiparPrincipal, Ocean Freight Sustainability at BHP Billiton
Prashanth started his career at sea in March 1994 as Deck Cadet and rose through various ranks to Master in January 2010. He obtained his Class 1 Deck Certificate of Competency in December 2003 issued by MCA United Kingdom. He sailed on various types of ships, but predominantly on oil tankers.
In March 2012, he completed a double degree (Bachelor in Laws and Commerce) and March 2018 completed a postgraduate studies (Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice). He is currently reading for his Master of Laws (LLM - International Law) at the Australian National University and planning to get admitted to practice law in Australia in the near future.
In September 2011, he joined Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and held Advisor, Principal Advisor and Manger roles in Standards, Operations and Marine Environment Divisions at AMSA respectively. Prior to leaving AMSA in March 2018, he was the Head of Salvage and Intervention within Response Division at AMSA.
In April 2018, he joined BHP’s Commercial Division in Singapore as Principal Ocean Freight Sustainability; managing dry bulk vetting processes and BHP Freight’s sustainability commitments. He also provides technical and operational support during BHP’s external engagement and shipping incidents.