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Project Title and Description



Project Outcomes

2020 – 2025


Safety Envelope for Ship Recycling Practices in Bangladesh: Hazard Identification and Risk Evaluation

To achieve a better understanding of the relationship between ship recycling practices, their hazards and the safety and wellbeing of the people who work in ship dismantling/recycling facilities in Bangladesh.




2019 – 2020


Design and Construction of a Remotely Operated Vertical Profiler (ROVP), Bangabandhu-I, and deployment in South-East Coast of Bay of Bengal for Oceanographic Research



Bangladesh Oceanographic Research Institute (BORI)

(Project Size: 35,000 USD)


2018 – 2020


Energy Harvesting System Development using Piezo-electric Material in Marine Environment

The objective of this research is to create a great impact on Marine Renewable Energy Sector. Various researches have been done in the sector of Marine Renewable Energy, but there exists a few research combining piezo-electric material with ocean wave and this endeavors of developing a power generation unit in Bangladesh is for the first time.  One of the key objectives of this research is to establish a relationship between the impact of sea wave on piezo material with respect to significant wave height resulting in electrical power generation. The aim of this research is to establish such power generation plant in the longest sea beach cox’s bazar to fulfill the demand of power and “Affordable Clean Energy” which is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of Bangladesh.

Md. Arshadul Karim

Committee for Advanced Studies and Research (CASR), BUET

Paper accepted in the 6th International Conference on Mechanical, Industrial and Energy Engineering 2020 (ICMIEE 2020)


2018 – 2019


A Comparative Study on the Ship Collision Risk Evaluation Models

The objective of this research is to study the ship collision risk evaluation models using automatic identification system (AIS) data. Several ports of national interest have been chosen globally and AIS data collection is undergoing. One of the key objectives is to investigate the collision risk fluctuation of different ports using different ship collision models. This study is expected to reveal the merits and demerits of different ship collision risk models.


Golam Sobhani


Upom Costa

Undergraduate Research Project of the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME), BUET

Journal paper accepted in the Bangladesh Maritime Journal (BMJ).


2018 – 2019


Risk Evaluation of Liquified Natural Gas Carrier Ship Operation in Bangladesh Using Fuzzy Logic Approach

Bangladesh has recently entered in LNG import market to meet the domestic energy needs. Nationwide energy distribution network is also expanding. Under this circumstance this study attempts to evaluate the risks of LNG ship operation in Bangladesh. The study utilized fuzzy logic approach. A fuzzy risk model is under development. The model is expected to deliver risk fluctuation due to the application of various risk control options. The results of this study is expected to contribute in improving the safety of LNG ship operation in Bangladesh.









2017 – 2018


Performance Evaluation & Economic Design of a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV)


Bangladesh is a riverine country and a maritime nation. The country manufactures a lot of ocean-going and inland ships which are mostly constructed and maintained in the dockyards situated near the inland rivers of Bangladesh. During maintenance and underwater inspection of these ships, divers are deployed and often these divers face hazardous and life-threatening situations. Due to high siltation in the riverbeds, the view factor of the river water is not favorable. Also, the topology of the river bed is constantly changing which often creates a problem for ship navigation. With these problems in mind, this research attempts to develop an autonomous underwater vehicle which can be used for underwater hull inspection and underwater topology scanning. The primary focus of this research is to develop suitable controller and evaluate the controller performances in different environmental conditions. The research focuses on the performances of various combinations of PID controllers in controlled and uncontrolled experimental setups. Another important objective of this research is to manufacture an inexpensive prototype which can make an impact in the competitive world market.



Ishrar Israil Monisha


Shafin Haider

Undergraduate Research Project of the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME), BUET


2017 – 2018


Risk Assessment of Inland Passenger Vessel Operation in Bangladesh using Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) Analysis

The objective of this research is to identify all the hazards and hazardous events while a particular ship is under operation. Hazard analysis is the process of recognizing hazards that may arise from a system or its environment, documenting their unwanted consequences and analyzing their potential causes. It is the process of describing in detail the hazards and accidents associated with a system, defining accident sequences and identifying hazards through a systematic hazard analysis process. Two of such processes are HAZOP and HAZID. Our focus will be on Hazard Identification (HAZID). Here the area of interest is to have a task following the context Operations and management of hazard analysis since there is a huge number of passenger vessels, cargo vessels and oil tankers are operating through local routes in our country without having proper knowledge of possible hazardous events that may arise during operation.

Md. Rahat Mojumder


Tanvir Tajwar


Faiaz Mohammad Osman

Undergraduate Research Project of the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME), BUET


2016 – 2018



Systems-Theoretic Approach to Safety of Inland Passenger Vessel Operation in Bangladesh


An Accident model should include processes, social systems (organization and manage4ment) and technology; not simply events and conditions. The most basic concept in STAMP (Systems Theoretic Accident Model & Processes) accident model is a constraint, rather than an event. Using this model, accidents can be understood in terms of why the controls that were in place did not prevent or detect maladaptive changes i.e. by identifying safety constraints that were inadequate in enforcing them. This model includes Entire socio-technical system (not just technical part), software and system design errors, component interaction accidents and human errors. The objective of this project is to analyze and prevent the maritime accidents of Bangladesh by applying STAMP. All the regulatory bodies and enforcing authorities relevant to the maritime safety sector of Bangladesh are taken into consideration by applying feedback loops in the STAMP model.



Imran Uddin

Committee for Advanced Studies and Research (CASR), BUET

Journal Paper

1.       Safety Science (Link)


Conference Papers

1.       American Institute of Physics (Link)

2.       MARTEC 2018 (Accepted)


2016 – 2018



Development of a Mathematical Model for Ship Repair Time Estimates


This research focuses on the estimation of the required docking time for a particular type of ship on the basis of ship repairing parameters. Dry-docking of ships are part of manufacturing and production processes incorporating hull inspection, plating works, sandblasting, painting, tank cleaning works, and others. Ship docking time indicates the duration of stay of a ship in a dockyard/shipyard (also a slip way or floating dock) and receives maintenance services, so that the ships can be operated profitably and be kept in the proper condition in line with the regulations of IMO (International Maritime Organization), flag States requirements and standards of Classification Societies. The independent variables that control the ship repairing time (which is the dependent variable) will be identified. A multiple linear regression model will be developed. The method of least square will be applied to evaluate the regression coefficients. It is believed that this model may support the management to estimate repairing time for providing better service, which eventually will boost the economic growth of Bangladesh and eliminate poverty.



Ahmed Abdullah


Committee for Advanced Studies and Research (CASR), BUET






Study on the controllability and maneuvering characteristics of the inland vessels in Bangladesh using Nomoto’s K-T Model.


In this investigation we attempt study the controllability and maneuverability characteristics of the inland vessels of Bangladesh. We will develop a computer code based the Nomoto’s K-T model and investigate various ship maneuvering properties to judge respective controllability. We will conduct various numerical experiments such as turning circle test, zig-zag test, waypoint control and etc.


Saidul Islam


Salauddin Ahmed



Undergraduate Research Project of the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME), BUET


2013 - 2014


Development of a maintenance tool (software) for prevention of ball tap malfunction and accident causation


The objective of this project was to develop a software that will utilize heuristic search technique to predict ball tap malfunction in commercial cooling systems. We developed a Java program that can simulate the ball tap behavior in randomly changing environment and suggest maintenance schedule to prevent ball tap malfunction and thereby, prevent a major accident.




Professor Kazuhiko Hasegawa




H. IKEUCHI & Co.,Ltd., Osaka, Japan


Sample Program



2009 – 2010


Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) of inland water transport accidents in Bangladesh


In this research we attempted to study the accident event sequence that takes place in the inland waterways of Bangladesh. We studied over three 200 accident cases and constructed fault tree model which revels the chain of events behind accident occurrence in Bangladesh. Our work involved theoretical analysis of FTA technique, accident database development, field visits and discussion with stakeholders. This project resulted in one journal paper, one conference paper and an undergraduate research thesis.




Md. Tanveer Hosain


Subir Das


Undergraduate Research Project of the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME), BUET


1.       Journal Paper (PDF)


2.       Conference Papers (link)


3.       Newspaper Article (Link)




Development of and Study on a Mathematical Model of Maneuvering for LNG Ship and Pusher Barge in Restricted and Deep Water Area


In this collaborative research we studied the maneuvering and controllability characteristics of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carrier and pusher barge in the restricted water. LNG ships operate on high risk conditions in the restricted water due to collision threat, grounding threat, ship-bank interactions and many more. Pusher barges configurations are difficult to maneuver in shallow water and poses collision threats. In this collaborative project both model tests and time domain simulation were carried out in order to study the various performance characteristics (e.g. turning circle tests, directional stability, and etc.).




Professor Adi Maimun


Dr. Agoes Priyanto


Clement Scully




Various funding agencies supported this research at University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor.


Journal Papers:


1.      Maimun et al. (2013) (Link)

2.       Maimun et al. (2011) (Link)


2005 – 2010


Study on Ship Collision Dynamics


We studied the dynamic behavior of ships after encountering collision in calm water. A mathematical model was developed for conducting time domain simulations. The model was later validated by experimental studies. The model was developed at Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) and model experiments were carried out at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).



Professor Dr. M. Rafiqul Islam


Professor Dr. Sadiqul Baree


Professor Omar Yakoob


Professor Adi Maimun



Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET)


Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)


Journal Publications:


1.       Awal and Islam (PDF)


2.       Islam et al. (PDF)


Conference Papers:


1.       Awal and Islam (PDF)


Thesis Work

1.       Awal (2007) (PDF)


2007 – 2008


Study on Intact Stability


Details are under development.



Professor Hazuhiko Hasegawa


Professor Khondoker Shahriar Iqbal





2005 - 2008


Study on Inland Water Transport Accidents in Bangladesh


Details are under development.



Professor Md. Mazharul Hoque







Effect of Bulbous Bow on Motion of Ship


It is quite a common phenomenon that ships have bulbous bows these days. The reason is mainly savings in fuel consumption and occasionally added buoyancy. Fuller vessels are quite efficiently using this technology. But it’s effect on finer vessels particularly faster vessels are not much known and understood. Therefore, this project puts light upon finding motion response of a finer vessel (Series 60, Cb = 0.6) incorporating different types of bulbous bows.


Different types of bulbous bows have been designed in three-dimensional (3D) computer aided design (CAD) software. The vessels with their new bows were paneled. A C++ computer program is developed for this paneling purpose. With these new designed bulbous bows the motion characteristics are studied using 3-D source distribution technique in regular wave.


Since the research project is in the early stage, no conclusion can be easily drawn. But based on the available research findings, it is evident that bulbous bows influence the amplitude of motions, particularly in the region of natural frequency.




Professor Dr. M. Rafiqul Islam


Himani Mazumder


Undergraduate Research Project of the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME), BUET


Conference Paper

1. Islam et al. (PDF)


Thesis Work

1. Awal and Mazumder (PDF)