Dr Rafet Kurt

Senior Lecturer

Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Personal statement

My principal research interests lie in the field of human factors in the maritime domain. I have investigated the effects of noise and vibration on human performance and developed human response models for noise and vibration levels onboard ships. My research interests also include design, optimisation and operation of ships, by considering the human factors in the core of the subject.

Besides my main research area, I have also been actively working in the area of ship recycling.  Since 2018, I have been working in the area of ship recycling and I have contributed to the development of tools, models and training tailored for the unique needs of ship recycling sector. I am also involved in following EU funded ship recycling projects; FP7 DIVEST Project, LLP Ship DIGEST Project and LLP Boat DIGEST Project. I have contributed to the development of international regulations and guidelines



Determining the most influential human factors in maritime accidents : a data-driven approach
Coraddu Andrea, Oneto Luca, Navas de Maya Beatriz, Kurt Rafet
Ocean Engineering Vol 211 (2020)
Marine Accident Learning with Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (MALFCMs) : a case study on bulk carrier's accident contributors
Navas de Maya Beatriz, Kurt Rafet Emek
Ocean Engineering Vol 208 (2020)
Marine accident learning with fuzzy cognitive maps (MALFCMs)
Navas de Maya Beatriz, Kurt Rafet Emek
MethodsX Vol 7 (2020)
Application of card sorting approach to classify human factors of past maritime accidents
Navas de Maya Beatriz, Khalid Hassan, Kurt Rafet Emek
Maritime Policy & Management (2020)
Safety analysis of offshore decommissioning operation through Bayesian network
Babaleye Ahmed O, Kurt Rafet E
Ships and Offshore Structures Vol 15, pp. 99-109 (2020)
Hierarchical Bayesian model for failure analysis of offshore wells during decommissioning and abandonment processes
Babaleye Ahmed O, Kurt Rafet Emek, Khan Faisal
Process Safety and Environmental Protection Vol 131, pp. 307-319 (2019)

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Professional activities

Journal of Environmental Management (Journal)
Peer reviewer
EU Funded SEAHORSE Project: Research on Maritime Human Factors
Invited speaker
University of Strathclyde - Innovation Showcase Event, 2018
International Ship and Offshore Structures Congress (ISSC) (Event)
International Journal of Sustainable Engineering (Journal)
Peer reviewer

More professional activities


Virtual and physical ExperimeNtal Towing centre for the design of eneRgy Efficient sea-faring vessels - VENTuRE (H2020 CSA)
Demirel, Yigit Kemal (Principal Investigator) Atlar, Mehmet (Co-investigator) Coraddu, Andrea (Co-investigator) Day, Sandy (Co-investigator) Incecik, Atilla (Co-investigator) Kurt, Rafet (Co-investigator) Tezdogan, Tahsin (Co-investigator) Turan, Osman (Co-investigator) Yuan, Zhiming (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022
Development of Framework for Sustainable Decommissioning by Utilising the expertise gained in Ship Recycling
Turan, Osman (Principal Investigator) Beverland, Iain (Co-investigator) Kurt, Rafet (Co-investigator) Lord, Richard (Co-investigator) Phoenix, Vernon (Co-investigator) Gunbeyaz, Sefer Anil (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2020
SAFEMODE - Strengthening synergies between Aviation and maritime in the area of human Factors (H2020-MG-2018)
Kurt, Rafet (Principal Investigator) Coraddu, Andrea (Co-investigator) Turan, Osman (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022
Development of Green and Sustainable Ship Recycling Industry for Indonesia (Newton Fund)
Kurt, Rafet (Principal Investigator) Ates, Aylin (Co-investigator) FARIYA, Siti (Researcher) Gunbeyaz, Sefer Anil (Researcher)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
Sustainable and Safe Ship Recycling in Bangladesh
Kurt, Rafet (Principal Investigator) Gunbeyaz, Sefer Anil (Co-investigator)
Clarkson Research, in its 2017 database, depicts that Bangladesh currently lead world ship recycling industry in LDT (NGO Ship Breaking Platform, 2017); a result which transpired when Bangladesh was able to propose better prices to ship owners selling their ships for recycling (Galley, 2014). This competitive advantage is a definitive result of high scrap steel demand, low labour costs, low overheads, loose local legislations and limited environmental constraints.
Despite the absence of accurate data on the workforce employed in this industry, it is currently estimated that about 40,000 workers are employed in the yards, of which migrant workers represent about 84.5% of the global statistic (ILPI, 2016, SENSREC, 2016a). As the SR workers are generally from a low-income and low-skilled demography, this sector harms the most disadvantaged members of the community. Therefore, the Bangladesh SR sector requires urgent attention and support for a sustainable SR. However currently required research and industry collaboration is not in place. This prevents accurate quantification of risks related to current ship recycling process.
The purpose of this project is to create a synergy between Universities and local industry in order to jointly develop a specific framework for creating the data which will enable improvement by providing scientific foundations to ongoing problems:
The project is funded by the Scottish Funding Council (GCRF Pump Priming fund) and aims to achieve following long term impacts;
(1)enhancing the well-being of the local community and the workers through better practices for health, safety and environmental protection,
(2)ensuring implementation of developed concepts in Bangladesh through raising awareness and creating necessary research capacity.
(3)contributing to the economic development through improved practices and better international image.
In order to achieve these aims, in this feasibility project, the University of Strathclyde (UoS) joins hands with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University (BSMRMU) and Bangladesh Marine Academy (BMA) with support from local industry.
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Grant by the British Council Newton -RISTEKDIKTI Doctoral Scholarship in Maritime and Marine Science
Kurt, Rafet (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020

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