2020: Lessons Learned from Electrical Code Updates

This two-hour session is a follow-up to last year’s workshop introducing the new electrical codes for 2020.  There have been many valuable lessons learned as these updates have been put into practice over the course of the past year. This two-hour session, lead by marina electrical experts throughout the industry, will cover some of the hard lessons learned on installing required upgrades for electrical compliance to the newly-released National Electric Codes.  This session will specifically address ground-fault protective devices, common ground fault tripping causes, safety in the marina, electric shock drowning, and more. The electrical system is critical to your marina’s operations and to a positive on-the-water customer experience. More importantly, a properly working electrical system is important in keeping customers and employees safe. This workshop will give you the knowledge and tools to understand your marina’s electrical system, so when there is a problem, you can identify it and communicate to your customers clearly and confidently. 


Chris Dolan

Chris Dolan is the Sales and Customer Relations Manager for Marina Electrical Equipment (MEE) in Williamsburg, Virginia. He has been in the industry since 2000 focusing primarily on electrical design and the manufacturing of marina electrical and safety products.

Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences and has performed training and webinar sessions for Docks and Marinas (University of Wisconsin), the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), The Boating Expo, Boating Ontario, International Marina and Boatyard Conference (IMBC), Marina Association of Texas (MAT), the Marina Recreation Association (MRA), the Tennessee and Kentucky Marina Associations (TMA/KMA), and the Northwest Marine Trade Association on topics ranging from marina electrical design to electro-shock emergency response. He serves on the Editorial Board for Marina Dock Age magazine and contributed to the marina electrical chapter of the new ASCE Manual No. 50. He currently serves on the board of the Association of Marina Industries. Chris is also a member of the NFPA 303 Committee which sets the fire protection and electrical safety standards for marinas and boatyards.

Gary Loftis

Gary is a registered professional electrical engineer with more than 29 years of experience. He is a principal in Maffett Loftis Engineering and is a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, now serving as the President of the Tennessee Chapter. He holds a certification from the American Boat & Yacht Council for Marine Electrical. He is a member of the Tennessee and Kentucky Marina Associations and has spoken numerous times at their conferences. Gary has served as an expert witness for marinas and is foremost concerned about marina safety. He has the knowledge and experience of marina electrical systems required to ensure that electrical code requirements are effective, practical and economically feasible.