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Path to sustainability in the maritime: net zero in shipyards


   Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering

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  Dr Sefer Anil Gunbeyaz  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

The global maritime industry causes significant impact on the environment while the industry lags compared to other industries, even the transport industries. The environmental concerns, public pressure and changing regulation and market factors are forcing the maritime industry to reduce their impact on environment. Although a large focus has been dedicated to increase efficiency, and achieving net zero in the shipping industry, the other avenues to achieve net zero has been overlooked.

On the other hand, Shipyard (design, develop, build, repair, or recycle/decom) operations are all energy-intensive activities, and these operations result in significant pollution, waste, contamination, and produces significant amounts of air emissions, including greenhouse gases which can have a negative impact on both the environment and human health. “Green shipping” or net zero in the maritime industry can only be achieved with development of “green shipyard” concept. A shipyard is considered green when the development, repair or conversion of a ship, using different processes and systems, has an environmental impact for both energy use and pollution of null. In other words, Green shipbuilding aims to minimise the emission, waste and pollution during the manufacturing (repair and recycle) operations of ships.

Therefore, this PhD project will investigate the technologies, methods and approaches to initiate green shipbuilding activities in shipyards. This project will feed into the knowledge in this area by investigating the different options for shipyards to meet the goals of Net-Zero and investigate the impacts of the suggested improvements using simulations and optimization techniques. Overall, this project will investigate the reduction of the use of fossil fuels and resources and increasing efficiency of the operations.

The successful candidate will join our expanding research centre – Maritime Human Factors Centre - that provides a collegiate, vibrant, and welcoming environment. Research findings will be published in high-impact journals with the opportunity to present at international conferences. The project will commence at 1 October 2022

·        Strong knowledge of simulation and optimization approaches

·        Strong knowledge on decarbonisation

·        Background/work experience in the shipyard/ repair yards is desirable

·        Applicants should hold (or expect to get) a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree or an MSc with distinction in engineering, or a related field

·        A self-motivated individual who will lead the development and direction of their own project.

·        A proactive approach, with initiative and ability to work independently

·        Ability to synthesise, summarise and draw conclusions

·        Strength to cope with schedules and deadlines

·        Excellent organisational and communication skills

·        Excellent written and spoken English.

·        An ability to work well in a team and collaborate across a large project with multiple ongoing subprojects.

For any questions/queries about the project and the funding please contact Dr Sefer Gunbeyaz, [Email Address Removed]


Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK Home applicants and a stipend (£16,059 for 2022/23). To be eligible for a fully funded Home studentship, you must be:
• a UK citizen (who has been resident in the UK/EEA/Switzerland/Gibraltar for the past three years)
• an EU citizen with ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ status in the UK.
• an applicant with ‘indefinite leave to remain or enter’ the UK
We also accept international applicants that can self-fund or bring external funding to cover their tuition and living costs.
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