Cliff Norton Appointed to NFPA Code Panel #7
October 11, 2017
Norton will work to increase emphasis and enforcement of electrical safety in marinas.
Jacksonville, FL, USA – 11 October 2017 – Cliff Norton, General Manager of Bellingham Marine’s Utilities Division, has been appointed to the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Code Panel #7. The panel will be working on the upcoming 2020 version of the National Electric Code (NEC). Norton represents the marine industry and helps to provide input for new code language concerning floating buildings, marinas and boatyards.
The purpose of the NEC is to safeguard persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity. Norton previously served as a panel member on an NFPA project that developed measures for preventing Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) around marinas. Norton is a respected voice in the marine industry. He publishes articles and conducts training sessions on the topic of proper marina electrical design and maintenance.
Changes Are Coming
Norton will be speaking at the 45th Annual MRA Conference in Monterey, CA on Tuesday, October 24th. He will be joined by Brian Bateman and Eric Noegel of Bellingham Marine. The group will be covering recent NEC code changes and discussing programs and policies marinas are implementing to offset the impact the code will have on day-to-day operations.
“We want to thank Cliff for the added effort and workload that he will be undertaking in his role on the NFPA Code Panel,” said Everett Babbitt, President and CEO of Bellingham Marine. “To have someone on the panel, who understands the unique nuances of our industry and is able to influence how the code is written, is an important opportunity.”
“The panel’s recommendations for the NEC 2020 can have a significant impact on the way a marina’s electrical system is designed and maintained. I have no doubt Cliff will be a strong advocate for all parties involved – contractors, equipment vendors, marina owners and boaters.”
As the world’s leading marina design-build construction company, Bellingham Marine specializes in floating dock, floating platform and floating wave attenuation systems for marinas worldwide. The company also produces dry storage systems for the upland storage of boats.