Mark Broster is the Managing Director of ECDIS Ltd. He produced the world’s first ECDIS manual for operators, as well as the world’s first full ECDIS procedures guide for ships.
To date he has personally trained and accredited over 2000 Officers, but is primarily responsible for training and assessing over 300 Masters and Inspectors. His additional modules to the IMO 1.27 course have made it widely considered to be the most informative and professional ECDIS course within the international community. Mark is a traditional paper navigator that spent many years at sea culminating in Piloting vessels and training and assessing ships Captains. He made the change to digital navigation towards the end of his seagoing time, but still respects, and very much believes in the traditional principles of navigation.
He is an active Officer in the Royal Navy Reserve. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute and a Committee member of the London branch. He is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation, and a member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.
Mark received accolade at the annual ND (Navigators and Directors) Association Prize for Contributions to Navigation; an extract from the citation mentions that he “has been instrumental in ensuring the Fleet transition to electronic navigation has been safe and effective”.