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Northern Lights Welcomes Jim Kelly to Gulf Sales Team

Jim Kelly has joined the Northern Lights sales team in the role of Area Sales Manager. Jim will be based out of the Northern Lights Gulf Branch with a territory including the Western Gulf of Mexico and Inland Waterways.

Prior to joining Northern Lights Jim was a Regional Sales Manager for Thrustmaster in Texas. Jim brings a wealth of knowledge and commitment to the needs of the inland waterways commercial operator. In addition to working closely with our Dealers, Jim will work with naval architects, shipyards and vessel operators on building Northern Lights and Technicold business. Welcome aboard, Jim!

 


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LR Foundation Launches Campaign to Identify Biggest Threats to Safety

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation aims to make a real difference in improving the safety of the critical infrastructure on which modern society relies. It recently launched a consultation to identify the grand challenges to safety at the Lloyd’s Register Foundation International Conference in London.

The consultation to identify the challenges will open today until January 2017, and asks industry, workers and consumers where is safety most compromised either from working with, or arising from poorly functioning infrastructure? Once it has identified these challenges it will ask ‘What can we do about them to make the world a safer place?’.

Dr. Ruth Boumphrey, the Foundation’s Director of Research, said: “Every day billions of people around the world need energy, water, food, transport and other services that make-up society’s critical infrastructure. These infrastructures and their supply chains rely on people to build, operate and maintain them. Our safety is threatened when these infrastructures fail and the safety of those who operate and maintain these infrastructures can be threatened by the environments in which they work .”

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Technicold Presents: The Commercial Operator’s Monthly HVAC Checklist

Downtime is never an option in the commercial marine industry.  But working with poorly functioning air conditioning in the summer months is unpleasant at best and a legitimate safety hazard at worst.  The marine HVAC experts at Technicold have the tips you need to make sure that your AC unit is ready for long summer nights.  Here are a few items that should be checked every month:   

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TCSM – The Controller Tough Enough for the Commercial Marine Environment

As onboard power systems become more sophisticated, so the way that we interact with them must evolve. The commercial operator has a special challenge – finding controllers that are tough enough to withstand the marine environment, yet able to provide important data when you need it the most.

To address these needs, Northern Lights provides the TSCM “Tough Series” marine controller. With a backlit LCD screen and large, easy to read push buttons, TSCM is uniquely suited to the commercial operator’s engine room.

Currently available on Northern Lights commercial units up to 65kW, TSCM puts engine and electrical data at your fingertips. RS485 and J1939 protocols connect to a remote monitoring system. Because simplicity is always welcome in a commercial vessel, monitoring is available through a single data and power cable, up to 30 meters in length.

Northern Lights factory programs TSCM with pressure and temperature warnings and shutdowns to protect your power source. Other standard displays include battery voltage, run hours, operating status and an event log. Additional alarms and warnings can be added to meet your project’s specific needs.

Voltage and current monitoring is available on units 40kW and smaller. ECU codes are read on units from 50-65kW. All units can plug in with no additional adaptors required.

When you think Northern Lights you think simple durability. Our Tough Series of controllers make the industry’s best built products an even better value.


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MARAD Awards $4.9 Million in Small Shipyard Grants

The U.S. Maritime Administration has awarded $4.9 million in grants to support capital improvements at nine small shipyards located throughout the United States.

Made under the Small Shipyard Grant Program the grants will fund a variety of projects including infrastructure improvements and equipment upgrades to increase operational competitiveness and quality vessel construction.

“U.S. shipyards produce what are unquestionably some of the best built vessels in the world,” said Maritime Administrator Paul “Chip” Jaenichen. “The grants awarded today will help ensure that ‘Built in America’ remains an international shipbuilding standard.”

In order to qualify for the grants, the shipyards had to meet a number of eligibility requirements. Eligible shipyards must be in a single geographical location, located in or near a maritime community, and may not have more than 1200 production employees. The shipyard facility must repair, construct, repair or reconfigure vessels 40 feet in length or greater for commercial or government use; or reconfigure vessels 100 feet in length or greater for non-commercial vessels.

The requirements for project eligibility include capital improvement projects that foster efficiency, competitive operation and quality construction, repair and reconfiguration. Also considered are training projects that foster employee skills and enhancing productivity in communities whose economies are related to or dependent upon the maritime industry.

Of the 118 grant application received, these nine yards received awards:

  • Gravios Aluminum Boats, LLC of Jeanerette, LA for a big top portable shelter and transporter
  • Chesapeake Shipbuilding of Salisbury, MD for a mobile rough terrain crane and infrastructure improvements
  • Eastern Shipbuilding Group of Panama City, FL for a precision cutting system
  • Marine Group Boat Works of Chula Vista, CA for a gantry crane and metal working equipment
  • Diversified Marine of Portland, OR for boom lifts, scissor lifts and welding equipment
  • Conrad Orange Shipyard of Orange, TX for LNG tank building equipment and pipe welding equipment
  • Yank Marine of Dorchester, NJ for a 70-ton rough terrain crane
  • Yager Marine of Owensboro, KY for a 1,200-ton dry dock
  • American Shipyard Company, LLC of Newport, RI for a 200-ton travelift

As a US-based manufacture of industry-best commercial solutions, Northern Lights congratulates all of the grant recipients.


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Analyzing You Load: Ensuring Generator Longevity For The Commercial Operator

When it comes to the selection of a generator set, a number of factors should be considered, and none more important than a thorough and accurate load analysis. In general, the continuous load should be at least 50% of the generator capacity.

 

The right generator is determined by the total wattage of all equipment that will be operated simultaneously. Selecting a generator that is too small for peak load can make it hard to start motors in high-draw equipment, such as air compressors, winch motors and even air conditioners.   Selecting too large of a generator causes the engine to operate in an under-loaded condition. This leads to carbon build up in the injector and valves, and the potential pumping of raw fuel into the exhaust (“wet stacking”.)

 

Equipment that uses an electric motor can require up to ten times the running wattage during start up. A good rule of thumb when computing motor loads is to take the running wattage of the largest motor and multiple it by ten. Then add the running wattage of the smaller motors, as well as the wattage of all the other loads, to determine the total load required for those appliances. Sequential starting is a good policy. Start the largest motor loads first, and it will help with starting the smaller consumers.

 

Balancing loads is of critical importance. All loads which will be used at the same time must be divided up equally among the output phases. For example, don’t put heating loads on one phase and air conditioning loads on the other phases. Improperly balanced loads may cause a loss in voltage on the loaded phase and excessive voltage on the unloaded phase, as well as low output.

 

Interested in learning more about the state of the art in marine power technology? Contact Northern Lights Gulf at (504) 360-2180 or visit our web site at www.northern-lights.com.


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Northern Lights Enhances Service to Gulf and Inland Waterways Customers With New Branch Office in Louisiana

 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON (USA) – Leading marine power generation and climate control products manufacturer Northern Lights has opened its fifth branch office, in Kenner, Louisiana to enhance service to Gulf and inland waterways boat builders and vessel operators.

The new Northern Lights Gulf branch will employ a full-time sales, parts and service staff.  The branch will warehouse marine, industrial and commercial series products.  It will provide service to customers in the Gulf of Mexico and all navigable inland waterways in the Midwest and Eastern regions of the United States. Important ports including New Orleans, Houston, Pensacola and Paducah will be in the branch service area.

“With the opening of NL Gulf, we are solidifying our commitment to providing the industry’s best support to this important marketplace.”
Northern Lights Vice President and General Manager Brian Vesely

“Brown water operators face challenges and opportunities that are unique in the marine industry,” said Northern Lights Vice President and General Manager Brian Vesely. “They contend with emission and competition requirements that deserve a focused, customer-driven response. With the opening of NL Gulf, we are solidifying our commitment to providing the industry’s best support to this important marketplace,” he added.

Rick Stinson has been appointed NL Gulf Branch Manager. Rick has decades of experience in the Gulf and Inland Waterways boating community, having spent the prior twenty years as Sales Manager for Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. in support of sales and market development in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the east coast and inland waterways.  He has over 38 years combined experience in the marine industry, including sales for Schottel propulsion systems, sales management for Iveco Aifo, distribution for Volvo Penta Marine and yard management for the original Halter Marine Group.

For the past 27 years, the Gulf and inland waterways has been supported by the Northern Lights South Florida branch, under the leadership of Nathan Price. Having established a highly successful dealer network in the area, this is an appropriate time to open a new branch office to provide a higher level of service for Gulf and inland waterways customers.

Northern Lights family of marine generator sets include products from 5-545kW. Northern Lights Commercial series generator sets include products from 20-150kW.  Technicold offers customized HVAC systems.

For more information about Northern Lights and Technicold products, visit www.northern-lights.com and www.technicold.com.


 About Northern Lights, Inc.

Northern Lights and Technicold are the leading manufacturers of marine power generation, HVAC and refrigeration systems. The company’s products are distributed through a global sales and service network of over 300 dealers in more than 40 countries.

Northern Lights, Inc. – 4420 NW 14th Avenue – Seattle, Washington 98107 USA


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