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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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Making The Right Choice for Onboard Comfort

It’s a story as old as manned sea-craft itself – how do you provide climate control that is suitable for the entire crew? Crew comfort is a key consideration for retention and regulation. Your crew works hard, but disputes about the amount of air conditioning or heating, and when and where to turn it on, have been inevitable.

The Marine Climate Control Experts at Technicold recommend individual compartment controls.  This will maximizes crew comfort while minimizing management headaches.

A world-class line of chilled water and direct-expansion air handlers will be designed to fit easily in almost any berth or compartment. When specking climate control, look for features including vertical assembly and rotatable insulated blowers.

There are other ways to enhance onboard comfort and safety. Electric heat strips and immersion heaters provide cold environment solutions. Install a dash heater in the pilot house to defrost the window, enhancing safety. Anti-bacterial UV lamps eliminate odors and improve air quality.

And if that still isn’t enough to keep the peace on board, look for locking control panels – just set it and forget it.

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The experts at Technicold will help layout a complete climate control system through superior engineering and marine class components. For maximum onboard comfort the answer is simple: Technicold marine air conditioning.


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Technicold Condensing Coils – How a Small Detail Makes a Huge Impact

In the world of vessel design, climate control is an important factor. But one of the most critical factors in the quality of the air conditioning system is one that is easy to overlook – the condenser coil.

Many manufacturers use copper coils that are subject to failure from sitting coolant and corrosion. The Marine Climate Experts at Technicold have a better way.

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Technicold uses only large, single pass fluted coaxial cupronickel counter-flow condensing coils.   That is a lot of features packed into a small component, so let’s break it down:

  • Large coil size ensures efficient coolant delivery.
  • The fluted design prevents sitting coolant and water that can lead to corrosion.
  • Cupornickel is a robust alloy that is known for its resistance to oxidation.
  • The counter flow condenser allows low sea water velocity for even condensing.

This level of attention is only one of many examples of the thoughtful engineering that goes into every Technicold product. Made specifically for the harsh marine environment, Technicold chilled water air conditioning systems feature 316L grade stainless steel hardware and low-condensation design to ensure the best long-term value in the marine industry.

The experts at Technicold will help layout a complete climate control system through superior engineering and marine class components. For maximum onboard comfort the answer is simple: Technicold marine air conditioning.


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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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USCG SUB-CHAPTER M: HOW CREW COMFORT AND SAFETY ARE AFFECTED BY THE GENERATOR SET

As the inland towing market gears up for the implementation of USCG Sub-Chapter M, a number of issues are coming to the forefront for naval architects and marine engineers. With Sub-Chapter M primarily addressing safety and crew comfort, designers are looking for equipment with reduced noise and vibration signatures. Long term statistics show that noise and vibration have their greatest impact on a person during their off time or rest period. This directly affects crew alertness during work hours.

 

Designers are now going to greater lengths to design vessels with improved vibration isolation to separate the pilot house and living quarters from the deck level machinery spaces. Among the on board systems that have the greatest impact on sound and vibration are the generator sets. Old-time mariners may remember the old diesel engine and generator end packages that shook and rattled even in light-duty applications.

 

The new state of the art in marine power generation runs remarkably quiet and smoothly. An interesting phenomenon is taking place in the marine generator industry. For many years, yachts builders have sought generator manufacturers with a commercial customer base. The thought process being that power systems built to the heavy-duty requirements of the commercial industry would be reliable and sturdy enough for the ever-expanding number of requirements made by yachts – and their owners.

 

Increasingly, we are seeing that the inverse is becoming true. Innovations in generator technology that affect on-board comfort are now being required by commercial operators. Such upgrades may include vibration-reducing isolation mounts, structural steel base frames and even sound enclosures. In addition, shifting emission standards are driving the need for engine add-ons such as turbochargers, advanced fuel injection systems and controls.

 

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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The Ten Commandments of Troubleshooting in Your Commercial Vessel

Despite the cliche’, time is not literally money.  However, when a vessel is out-of-service it wastes both.  Getting a problem solved efficiently minimizes down time and gets you back to work.

There is no shortage of online opinions when it comes to vessel maintenance and repair.  Some of it is, simply put, terrible advice from questionable sources. At Northern Lights and Technicold we are lucky to work alongside some insanely smart people with a tremendous amount of technical knowledge. We make it a point to locate and highlight the information we think is valuable and relevant so that we can share it with you. We spotted this article in Power and Motoryacht on the 10 Commandments of Troubleshooting and saw great value in the advice given.

Why we like it: This article doesn’t troubleshoot a particular problem or piece of equipment. Rather, it outlines “the art of troubleshooting” and provides some great advice on how to approach problems as a whole.

We found the following highlights particularly valuable:

-If you feel like you need to employ a hammer, take a deep breath and reconsider.

-Work performed quickly is often work that will have to be performed again.

-Start small and work up from there.

See Capt. Richard Theil’s full article on the PMY website http://www.powerandmotoryacht.com/engine/troubleshooting-your-boats-engine


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