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Marine Shock Hazards Code Compliance and Corrosion in the Marina

Marine Shock Hazards Code Compliance and Corrosion in the Marina

Marine Shock Hazards Code Compliance, and Corrosion in the Marina

The Marine Recreation Association is sponsoring the first of their Regional Training Seminars for marina operators and employees covering the complications and potential hazards of electrical systems in a marine environment

This first series titled Shock Hazards, Code Compliance, and Corrosion in the Marina will be presented at four California marina locations during May by Malcolm Morgan, Marine Electrician, Malcolm Morgan Marine / M3. The four hour seminars will provide in-depth information covering the often-misunderstood dynamics of electrolysis, corrosion, and shock hazards at marina and port facilities, and the potential liability posed for Harbormasters, marina owners, managers, and others.

Malcolm is an ABYC Certified Marine Electrician with over 40 years of experience in marine electrical and corrosion control systems.  His long career in the marine industry, includes affiliations with ABYC, NFPA, NAMS, and SAMS, and experience working with many Bay Area marine facilities, and state and federal agencies. "Understanding the building codes and regulations governing the operation, inspection, and maintenance of marine electrical systems is critical in today's business environment," says Malcolm.

The seminars will cover existing NFPA 303 electrical codes and regulations requiring waterfront facilities to do annual electrical inspections, and appropriate testing procedures and record keeping protocol. Attendees will participate in classroom and hands-on training of basic inspection and testing methods utilizing appropriate testing tools to monitor electrical systems and troubleshoot hazardous conditions. Malcolm will also discuss how electrolysis and corrosion may affect dock systems, vessel drives, and other marine components, and how to respond to boat owner complaints regarding zinc consumption, corrosion damage, electrical surges, and potential threats of litigation.

Other topics will include the proper use of shore power connections, electrical cords and adaptors, and methods of mitigating associated shock and fire risks. Handouts and reference materials will be provided to all attendees.

The upcoming Shock Hazards, Code Compliance, and Corrosion in the Marina seminar locations and schedule are as follows:

  • Alameda - Tuesday, May 7, 2019 (8:30 am - 12:30 pm) at Safe Harbor Ballena Isle Marina,1150 Ballena Blvd., Alameda, CA 94501 (510) 523-5528
  • Sacramento - Wednesday, May 8, 2019 (10am - 2 pm) at City of Sacramento Marina, 2710 Ramp Way, Sacramento, CA 95818 (916) 808-5712
  • San Diego - Wednesday, May 29, 2019 (8:30 am - 12:30 pm) at The Bay Club Marina, 2131 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106 (619) 224-8888
  • Los Angeles - Thursday, May 30, 2019 (8:30 am - 12:30 pm) at California Yacht Marina - Cabrillo Marina, 224 Whalers Walk, San Pedro, CA 90731 (310)732-2252

Pricing for MRA members and others does not include lunch, and early reservations are recommended as these training sessions do fill up quickly.

Early registration, postmarked 5 days prior to seminar: 

                               MRA Member             Non-Member

First Attendee                 $139                           $169

Additional Attendees    $119                           $149

Registration, postmarked 4 days or less prior to seminar:

MRA Member        Non-Member

First Attendee                 $159                          $189

Additional Attendees      $139                        $159

For additional information and to register, contact Mariann Timms by phone at (209) 334-0661, email at or go online at

The Marine Recreation Association is a professional organization that represents marina owners, operators, and industry professionals located throughout the western United States with additional members in Canada, Mexico, and Australia. Created more than 47 years ago, the MRA actively promotes and represents recreational boating interests while providing educational management and operations seminars, and information for marine industry owners, operators, and staff.

 April 16, 2019