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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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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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