Prof. Dr. Karsten Loer

Dr. Karsten Lör has been working as a maritime safety analyst since 2004. His work includes industrial design and research projects with an expertise in RAMS (reliability, availability, maintainability, safety) methods, risk-based design and analysis, as well as human element in design and operations of ships and ship systems. Karsten contributed to the development and the application of the IMO Alternative Design approach and Formal Safety Assessment (FSA).

Before moving to the maritime industry, Karsten spent six years in the UK, working on formal safety-analyses of alarms and operating modes of user interfaces of avionics systems. He also co-developed formal incident and accident analysis techniques (esp. “Why-because analysis”, WBA). As senior safety consultant, Karsten offers extensive experience on the various applications of system safety and human factors analysis.

Safety is no accident.



  • 2014 onwards
    Senior Safety Analyst with admaris GmbH, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2013 onwards
    Independent Safety Consultant, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2004 – 2013
    Senior Safety Engineer, Strategic Research Department, Germanischer Lloyd, Head Office, Hamburg, Germany
  • 1998 – 2004
    Research Associate, BAE SYSTEMS Dependable Computing Systems Centre, University of York, UK


  • 2003
    PhD in Computer Science, University of York, UK
  • 1998
    Diplom (MSc) in Computer Science, University of Bielefeld, Germany