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Captain Mark Bull, FNI

School of Maritime Senior Lecturer

Lecturers & Tutors


Mark set out on his seagoing career in 1970 as a cadet with the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O). He undertook an OND in Nautical Science studying at the School of Navigation Warsash interspersed with seagoing service. He qualified for his OND in 1973 and then attended Hull Nautical college in 1974 studying for his first professional qualification – 2nd. Mates (FG) certificate of competency.
He returned to Hull for his 1st Mates (FG) certificate (1976) and Masters certificate in 1981.
His sea going service spanned 27 years serving with P&O (on some iconic ships – Canberra, Oriana and Arcadia), United Arab Shipping Company, Harrison Line, Lion Shipping, Gibline and finally Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM). He sailed on numerous ship types – general cargo, passenger, chemical tanker, heavy lift, refrigerated, fully refrigerated container, fully cellular container and a high-speed catamaran. His rescue of 15 people from a superyacht sinking in the middle of the Florida Strait earned him a commendation from the US Coast Guard.
He took a two-year sabbatical in 1988 where he trained, qualified and practised as a teacher of English as a second language (TEFL). During his last voyage he was instructed to implement CSM’s Quality System onboard the ship in preparation for the introduction of the ISM Code. This sparked his interest and he decided to train as an ISO/ISM auditor qualifying in 1997 upon which he was brought ashore into the office. His first task was to put the entire CSM fleet through the ISM audit process. In 1998 he undertook his first navigational audit which he went on to develop for the fleet as a support system for newly promoted Masters.
Whilst serving as marine manager he developed a command promotion scheme and updated navigational procedures. He was then promoted to Quality Manager / DPA (Designated Person Ashore) responsible for 3 offices and a fleet of 150 ships. As DPA he updated company procedures and established a fleet-wide security system to satisfy the ISPS Code requirements liaising with various flag states & USCG along the way.
He moved to an International Group P&I club as Loss Prevention Manager and later helped set up a German ship management company. In 2012 he established his marine consultancy and from 2015 – 2022 was exclusively involved in navigation assessments.
Mark is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a member of its Nominations and Technical committees. He has held the positions of Honorary Secretary and Chairman  of The nautical Institute’s Southern Iberian and Cyprus branches and is currently Honorary Secretary of the Iberian Branch. He is author of the 3rd edition of “Bridge Watchkeeping” and chapter author of “Bridge Resource Management. He was a key contributor to the NI’s publication Navigation Assessments and established the Navigation Assessor training course which he has delivered in numerous cities world wide.
Mark is a regular speaker at marine safety conferences (Athens, Hamburg, London) and contributes articles to the marine press.