The National Electric Code Update: How Will You Be Affected?

In 2017, the National Electric Code (NEC) was updated. Learn how NEC 2017 can affect your business and about what’s going on right now at the National Fire Protection Association to update the code in 2020. This seminar will explain the recent changes made in the NEC sections that pertain to the marina industry. The focus will be on ground-fault protection and compliance with the latest regulations. Topics will include: which code edition applies to which state, various methods of meeting the code requirements, and the equipment currently on the market that can help make your marina safe.

Chris Dolan, Marina Electrical Equipment, Cliff Norton, Bellingham Marine Utilities and Gary Loftis, Maffett Loftis Engineering

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 D. Loftis is a registered professional electrical engineer with over 30 years of experience in the electrical field. He is a principal in Maffett Loftis Engineering with extensive experience in marina electrical design. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University. He is a certified Deputy Electrical Inspector with the State of Tennessee. He is a member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) and is currently serving as the President of the TN Chapter. He is also member of the National Fire Protection Association 
(NFPA). He holds a certification from the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) for Marine Electrical. He is a member of the Tennessee and Kentucky Marina Associations (TMA, KMA). He also has served as an expert witness for marinas. He is foremost concerned about marina safety and he has the knowledge and experience of marina electrical systems required to ensure that electrical code requirements are effective, practical, and economically feasible. 

Cliff Norton

Cliff is currently the General Manager of Bellingham Marine’s Southeast Utilities Division. Appointed to the position in 2008 and responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the division including oversight of all design and installation of electrical systems on all marina projects installed by Bellingham Marine’s Utility Division (BMU).  Cliff also serves as BMU’s Electrical Qualifying Agent.   

Cliff currently serves on the NFPA publication #70 (National Electric Code) as a member of Code Making Panel #7 (CMP7) which oversees Article #555 governing Marinas and Boatyards. Cliff also serves as a Technical Committee Member of NFPA 303 (Fire Protection Standard for Marinas and Boatyards). Cliff previously served as a Technical Panel Member on an NFPA research project entitled “Marina Risk Reduction” to address barriers and develop measures for preventing ESD (Electric Shock Drowning) in the vicinity of marinas, boatyards, and floating buildings.