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Dr Rafet Kurt


Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Personal statement

My principal research interests lie in the field of human factors in maritime domain. I have investigated the effects of noise and vibration on human performance and developed a human response models for noise and vibration levels on-board ships. My research interests also include design, optimisation, 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.  For 8 years I have been working in this area and contributed development of tools, models and training tailored for the unique needs of ship recycling sector. I am also invoved in following EU funded ship recycling projects; FP7 DIVEST Project, LLP Ship DIGEST Project and LLP Boat DIGEST Project.

I am also actively attending IMO MSC and MEPC Meetings 

Specialties: human factors, ship design, ship recycling, 3D modelling, statistical modelling and analysis


Offshore wind installation vessels - a comparative assessment for UK offshore rounds 1 and 2
Paterson J., D'Amico F., Thies P.R., Kurt E., Harrison G.
Ocean Engineering Vol 148, pp. 637-649, (2018)
Dynamic risk-based safety analysis of permanent well plugging and abandonment operations
Babaleye Ahmed, Khorasanchi Mahdi, Kurt Rafet Emek
SPE ICoTA 23rd European Well Intervention Conference - Icota Europe, (2017)
Investigation of occupational noise exposure in a ship recycling yard
Kurt Rafet Emek, McKenna Stuart Alexander, Gunbeyaz Sefer Anil, Turan Osman
Ocean Engineering Vol 137, pp. 440-449, (2017)
Designing safe, green and sustainable vessels for Indonesian coastal transport and fishing operations
Liu Wendi, Baihaqi Imam, Tezdogan Tahsin, Kurt Rafet Emek, Nugroho Setyo, Yuan Zhiming, Supomo Heri, Demirel Yigit Kemal, Budi Djatmiko Eko, Incecik Atilla
International Seminar on Marine Technology (SENTA)Applied Mechanics and materials, (2016)
SEAHORSE procedure improvement system
Kurt Rafet Emek, Arslan Volkan, Comrie Emma, Khalid Hassan, Turan Osman
6th Conference on Design for Safety, (2016)
Identification and implementation of key performance indicators (KPIs) for achieving safer and resilient passengers shipping operations
Arslan V., Kurt R.E., Comrie E., Turan O., DeWolff L.
Risk, Reliability and Safety, (2016)

more publications

Professional activities

Validation of HNC/HND in Nautical Science (Event)
Markku Mylly
SENTA 2016
Keynote/plenary speaker
Guest Lecture on "Enhancing Maritime Safety through Addressing Human Factors"
Article on Ship Recycling conditions in Ship Recycling yards in Alang published on DANWATCH Magazine
Journal of ETA Maritime Science (Journal)
Associate Editor

more professional activities


Grant by the British Council Newton -RISTEKDIKTI Doctoral Scholarship in Maritime and Marine Science
Kurt, Rafet (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2018 - 31-Mar-2020
BOAT DIGEST: The Boat Dismantling Insight by Generating Environmental and Safety Training; SU BUDGET: £53,000
Turan, Osman (Principal Investigator) Kurt, Rafet (Co-investigator)
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.
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 30-Sep-2014
Turan, Osman (Principal Investigator) Boulougouris, Evangelos (Co-investigator) Kurt, Rafet (Co-investigator) Lazakis, Iraklis (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Nov-2013 - 31-Oct-2016

more projects


Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering
Henry Dyer Building

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