Mark Bull

Mark Bull

I commenced my career in 1970 as a cadet with P&O S.N. Co. I spent the next 27 years at sea, with a 2 year sabatical in the late 1980s when I trained, qualified and practiced as a techer of English as a 2nd language. After 5 years in command, I came ashore qualified as an ISM and ISO lead auditor and joined a large ship management company ending up as the QM/DPA for a large fleet and 3  offices. After a brief spell as a consultant, I then moved to London where I became the Loss Prevention Manager of an IG P&I Club. Since 2012 I have been an independent consultant and have now started my own company Trafalgar Navigation dedicated to Navigational Audits, Assessments and Inspections.

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On the threshold of autonomous ships

Mark Bull, Marine Consultant, Trafalgar Navigation, pointed out that we are on the threshold of a major change in our industry; it has already started and it is now picking up speed. During his presentation at the 2017 SAFETY4SEA Conference, he said that the new ‘buzz’ word around us now is autonomous; however, many things need to be considered about that.

Shipping needs to focus more on human element in 2017

Mark Bull FNI, Maritime Consultant, Trafalgar Navigation Limited has shared his forecast for shipping safety in 2017 urging industry stakeholders to take the Human Element into account more seriously, therefore, a strict Code of Conduct is needed.

Revolution underway on the bridge

Mark Bull, Trafalgar Navigation, says that the provision of ECDIS on board today’s merchant ships is causing a ‘revolution’ in the way they are navigated. Like all revolutions, issues that were never considered crop up, and ECDIS is no exception. Above all, he notes, an ECDIS mindset is required.

Putting Navigation back where it belongs

Mark Bull, Independent Marine Consultant gave a presentation entitled''Putting Navigation back where it belongs'' at the 2015 SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum. During his presentation, he linked the ongoing level of navigational...

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