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



Towards human-oriented norms : considering the effects of noise exposure on board ships
Kurt Rafet Emek, Khalid Hassan, Turan Osman, Houben Mark, Bos Jelte, Helvacioglu Ismail Hakki
Ocean Engineering Vol 120, pp. 101-107 (2016)
SEAHORSE project : Dealing with maritime workarounds and developing smarter procedures
Kurt R E, Arslan V, Turan O, de Wolff L, Wood B, Arslan O, Kececi T, Winkelman J W, van Wijngaarden M, Papadakis G
Safety and Reliability of Complex Engineered Systems - Proceedings of the 25th European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2015 25th European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2015, pp. 3811-3818 (2015)
A risk assessment tool for the ship recycling industry
Kurt R E, McKenna S A, Gunbeyaz S A, Rogge K G, Turan O, Helvacioglu I H
4th International Conference on Disaster Management and Human Health, pp. 147-158 (2015)
Contribution of human factors to fishing vessel accidents and near misses in the UK
Lazakis Iraklis, Kurt Rafet Emek, Turan Osman
Journal of Shipping and Ocean Engineering Vol 4, pp. 245-261 (2014)
Safety enhancement in maritime transportation : SEAHORSE Project
Arslan O, Kececi T, Turan O, Kurt R E
15th Annual General Assembly International Association of Maritime Universities, IAMU AGA 2014 - Looking Ahead 15th Annual General Assembly of the International Association of Maritime Universities, IAMU AGA 2014 - Looking Ahead: Innovation in Maritime Education, Training and Research, pp. 422-432 (2014)
Improving occupational health and safety standards within the ship dismantling industry through accident, incident and near miss investigation and reporting
Kurt Rafet Emek, Turan Osman, McKenna Stuart
International Conference on Ship Recycling SHIPREC2013 (2013)

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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

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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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