Marina, Ports & Yacht Club Electrical Inspections
Electricity and water don’t mix well. For this reason the latest electrical regulations include special requirements for marinas and boat clubs.
A marina is a facility for the mooring of leisure craft and has fixed wharves, jetties, piers or a pontoon arrangement capable of berthing one or more leisure craft. A leisure craft is a boat, vessel, yacht, motor launch, houseboat or other floating craft used exclusively for sport or leisure and a houseboat is a floating decked structure which is designed or adapted for use as a place of permanent residence often kept in one place on inland water.
An electrical installation at a marina consists of the equipment which supplies the leisure craft or houseboat and the installation is subject to additional recommendations because of electrical safety issues and in order to provide for standardisation of power facilities.
Additional requirements are considered necessary because of increased electric shock risks associated with a wet environment, reduction in contact resistance and contact with earth potential. In addition, the environment of a marina is harsh for electrical equipment.
The water, salt, and movement of structures accelerate deterioration of the installation. The presence of salt water, dissimilar metals and a potential for leakage currents increases the rate of corrosion. There is a real possibility of electrical equipment being splashed or even submerged. Flammable fuel may be present.
Specialist Areas Also Require Specialist Treatment
To comply with the requirements of BS 7671:2008, Guidance Note 3, these premises require complete electrical inspection, testing and certification on an Annual basis.
ESI: Electrical can help you comply with inspection, testing and maintenance of your marina electrical equipment.