Dr Rafet Kurt


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



Safety analysis of offshore decommissioning operation through Bayesian network
Babaleye Ahmed O, Kurt Rafet E
Ships and Offshore Structures (2019)
Safety analysis of plugging and abandonment of oil and gas wells in uncertain conditions with limited data
Babaleye Ahmed O, Kurt Rafet Emek, Khan Faisal
Reliability Engineering and System Safety Vol 188, pp. 133-141 (2019)
A study on evaluating the status of current occupational training in the ship recycling industry in Bangladesh
Gunbeyaz Sefer A, Kurt Rafet E, Baumler Raphael
WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs (2019)
Determinants to the implementation of corporate social responsibility in the maritime industry : a quantitative study
Fasoulis Ioannis, Kurt Rafet Emek
Journal of International Maritime Safety, Environmental Affairs, and Shipping, pp. 1-11 (2018)
Study on the utilisation of laminated bamboo (Bambusa Arundinacea) slats as an alternative composite material for building small fishing boat framing structures
Supomo Heri, Budi Djatmiko Eko, Nugroho Setyo, Kurt Rafet Emek, Tezdogan Tahsin
The Transactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. Part B, International Journal of Small Craft Technology Vol 160 (2018)
Responsible production and consumption : how my work is changing the world
Kurt Rafet Emek
University of Strathclyde - Innovation Showcase Event, 2018

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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


Development of Green and Sustainable Ship Recycling Industry for Indonesia (Newton Fund)
Kurt, Rafet (Principal Investigator) Ates, Aylin (Co-investigator) Gunbeyaz, Sefer Anil (Researcher) Siti Fariya, S (Researcher)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2019
Sustainable and Safe Ship Recycling in Bangladesh
Kurt, Rafet (Principal Investigator) Gunbeyaz, Sefer Anil (Researcher)
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
Identification and Valuation of Equipment and Materials for Reuse, Remanufacturing
Kurt, Rafet (Principal Investigator) Gunbeyaz, Sefer Anil (Post Grad Student)
A circular economy approach towards assets is currently lacking in the marine industry. When a marine asset comes to the end of its useful life, opportunities to reuse, repair, remanufacture and recycle the majority of the materials, equipment and parts arise; however, to date, these opportunities have not been fully exploited. This is primarily attributed to the owner and recycler of the asset not being fully aware of its contents and potential value. Therefore, the proposed concept of this project is to establish a methodology for the identification and valuation of equipment and materials for reuse, remanufacturing and recycling on marine assets. This methodology will be developed to be carried out in tandem with the Inventory of Hazardous Materials (IHM); a survey identifying hazardous materials legally required to be conducted in ALL ships and offshore assets. By identifying not just the hazardous materials/products but also the ones that have future value or use, the following benefits are envisaged:•Materials and products easily identified for removal and ‘upcycling’ by the recyclers or repairers•Increase in rate of reuse, remanufacturing and recycling in the shipping and oil & gas sectors•Added value for the asset owner and recyclers•Greater incentive for asset owners to get a hazardous materials survey (which is required by law)
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2017
Turan, Osman (Principal Investigator) Boulougouris, Evangelos (Co-investigator) Kurt, Rafet (Co-investigator) Lazakis, Iraklis (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 31-Jan-2016
The Boat Dismantling Insight by Generating Environmental and Safety Training; SU BUDGET: £53,000
Turan, Osman (Principal Investigator) Kurt, Rafet (Co-investigator) Gunbeyaz, Sefer Anil (Post Grad Student)
The project aims to improve the HSE standards of recreational craft dismantling practices and address skill gaps, while at the same time raising the awareness of end of life responsibilities and options for recreational craft owners. It provide online Vocational Education and Training and Strathclyde University provides the training certificate for the attendees who completed the training module successfully.
01-Jan-2012 - 30-Jan-2014

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