Naval architecture, ocean & marine engineeringSafety

With recent high profile accidents in the shipping industry, safety at sea has never been more important. Our research is internationally recognised as the leading authority in all areas related to maritime safety.

Research areas

Our research areas include: 

  • Maritime safety
  • Stability
  • Survivability
  • Human factors in design & operation
  • Risk-based ship design
  • Resilience engineering
  • Emergency preparedness & evacuation
  • Collision avoidance

Our researchers work extensively with a wide range of companies and stakeholders within the maritime industry and have a track record in delivering innovative and applicable solutions, tools and outputs.

Our facilities

From ship resistance and seakeeping to survivability and wave impact, the Kelvin Hydrodynamics Laboratory (KHL) has a wide range of capabilities in relation to model testing.

Find out more about the Kelvin Hydrodynamics Laboratory capabilities. 

Our researchers

We have a thriving research community of world leading experts and developing research students whose capabilities span our four research themes.

Example research projects:  

  • Prof Dracos Vassalos is assisting in the development of new goal based standards for ships which aim to improve safety at sea
  • Prof Osman Turan is transferring good safety practices from the aerospace to the maritime industry in the EU-funded SEAHORSE project
  • Dr Evangelos Boulougouris is developing training for seafarers for the safe operation of liquefied natural gas-fuelled ships
  • Dr Iraklis Lazakis is working on risk, reliability and availability modelling of ship systems

Contact us

Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering

Henry Dyer Building
100 Montrose Street
G4 0LZ

+44 (0) 141 548 4094