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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Northern Lights News

MN 100: Northern Lights, Inc.

4420 14th Ave. Founded in 1958, Northern Lights manufactures marine power generation, propulsion and air conditioning and refrigeration systems. The company’s products are distributed through a global sales and service network of over 340 dealers in more than 40 countries. Northern Lights manufactures marine generator sets from 5-500kW, designed to meet all current US EPA marine regulations. A full range of custom options and accessories address virtually any at-sea need. Northern Lights is the only US manufacturer of both power generation and climate control systems…

Northern Lights Unveils Generator Design

Northern Lights, a manufacturer of marine diesel generator sets, introduced the M944T. Producing 38kW at 60Hz, or 32kW at 50Hz, the M944T is based on a heavy-duty industrial engine block and is custom marinized for high performance. This new model is the first Northern Lights generator to utilize a new frame design in which the sound enclosure shares a base frame with the generator set, creating a compact power and sound attenuation package that reduces noise and vibration while maximizing engine room space. The design also allows for the easy installation of an additional set of vibration mounts for a smoother, quieter package with only minimal increase in height.

MN100: Northern Lights, Inc.

(Photo: Northern Lights, Inc.)

Founded in 1958, Northern Lights manufactures marine power generation, propulsion and air conditioning and refrigeration systems. The company’s products are distributed through a global sales and service network of over 340 dealers in more than 40 countries. Northern Lights manufactures marine generator sets from 5-500kW, designed to meet all current US EPA marine regulations. In April 2016, NLI opened its fifth branch office in Kenner, LA. The branch will warehouse marine, industrial and commercial series products and cover New Orleans, Houston, Pensacola and Paducah.

Lloyd’s Register Recognizes Northern Lights

Northern Lights announced that it has received Lloyd’s Register of Shipping Type Approval. The design review and testing process required for Type Approval confirms that the Northern Lights product is built to the highest standards of design, manufacturing, materials and quality control. Sets receiving Type Approval include the 5kWM673D, 6kW M673L, 8kW M753K, 10 kW M843JK, 12 kW M843NK, 16 kW M844K, 20 kW M844LK and 32 kW M984K. Theses include both 60 Hz and 50Hz ratings.

New Pilot Boat Delivered to Alabama Pilots

(Photo: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding)

The Alabama Pilot, Inc. in Mobile, Ala., has taken delivery of Dixey, a newly built Chesapeake Class pilot boat from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation. With length overall of 53.6’, beam of 17.8’, and draft of 4.8’, the all-aluminum pilot boat features the C. Raymond Hunt-designed Deep-V hull. It is powered by twin Caterpillar C-18 diesel engines, each delivering 671Bhp at 2100 rpm and a top speed of 27 knots. A Humphree interceptor trim-tab control system was installed at the transom.

Northern Lights Celebrates 50 Years

Northern Lights, a manufacturer of marine diesel generator sets, Lugger propulsion engines and land-based diesel generators, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2008. Founded in 1958 as Alaska Marine & Equipment in Cooper Landing, AK, by Harold Walton Johnson, Northern Lights has grown into one of the marine industry’s most respected companies. Starting with a line of industrial generators for Alaskan lodges and off-grid applications, Mr. Johnson’s company soon developed a marinized generator set whose robust design and ease of service became the genset of choice for the region’s demanding commercial fishing industry. The Lugger propulsion engine would follow, utilizing the same core principals of reliable power production, durable build, and simplicity of use and maintenance.

Northern Lights Opens Branch Office in Louisiana

Rick Stinson (Photo: Northern Lights)

Marine power generation and climate control products manufacturer Northern Lights has opened its fifth branch office, in Kenner, La, to enhance service to Gulf and inland waterways boat builders and vessel operators. The new Northern Lights Gulf branch, which will employ a full-time sales, parts and service staff, will warehouse marine, industrial and commercial series products. The new branch will service customers in the Gulf of Mexico and navigable inland waterways in the Midwest and Eastern regions of the U.S., including the region’s key ports: New Orleans, Houston, Pensacola and Paducah.

Northern Lights, HUG Engineering Partner on Clean Power

Marine generator sets manufacturer Northern Lights, Inc. (NLI) has formed a partnership with exhaust after-treatment equipment manufacturer HUG Engineering to provide complete IMO III certified clean air power generation solutions. The new partnership will allow customers to purchase Northern Lights’ line of marine generator sets and HUG’s selective catalytic NOx reduction (SCR) systems or particle filter (DPF) systems as one completely integrated solution. This engineered solution is fully IMO III Certified and meets the stringent performance and packaging requirements of the maritime industry. Ideal for the superyacht market, the SCR / DPF is available for Northern Lights units above 115kWe installed on vessels over 500 gross register tonnage.

Technicold Seeks Sales and Service Dealers

Technicold by Northern Lights is actively seeking to add authorized marine air conditioning and refrigeration sales and service dealers across the globe. Founded as Rich Beers Marine, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in 1981, Technicold by Northern Lights is dedicated to producing high quality marine climate control systems. Technicold’s product line includes a comprehensive line of chilled water, direct expansion and self-contained air conditioning systems from 16,000 to 180,000 BTUs; heavy-duty air handlers (with optional heating elements) and other systems such as fresh air make-up systems, refrigerated sea water systems and hold-over plates.

Northern Lights Introduces New Engine

Northern Lights, a manufacturer of marine diesel generator sets and Lugger diesel engines, introduced their newest propulsion solution – the L6125H diesel engine, featuring an electronically-controlled high-pressure common-rail (HPCR) fuel system. The L6125H is based on the heavy-duty Komatsu industrial engine block and is custom marinized by the Northern Lights engineering team, whose five decades of experience are well known to mariners across the globe. The L6125H reaches a high output rating of 470 hp at 2300 rpm.

Van Cappellen-USA Partners with Northern Lights

Van Cappellen USA, the North American affiliate office of the Van Cappellen Consultancy - the Netherlands (noise and vibration control), announces a joint technical development contract with Alaska Diesel Electric - Northern Lights of Andover, Massachusetts. shelters for a separate primary US military logistics contractor. for this application largely on their track record for reliability and international distribution. Van Cappellen USA will supply overall technical design for a series of Northern Lights diesel generator sets destined to operate in the most extreme conditions. Noise, vibration and thermal profile attenuation will be achieved using design engineering from the Van Cappellen Dutch office. NoVitechniek brand name.

School-boat Propulsion System Order for Northern Lights

Image credit Northern Lights

A new Maritime Aquarium (Norwalk, Conn. USA) research & floating schoolhouse vessel to be fitted with Northern Lights' Hybrid Marine System. Northern Lights Hybrid Marine is an ideal fit for the Maritime Aquarium. Their new 65-foot research vessel – designed by Incat Crowther – will be used throughout Long Island Sound to entertain and inform aquarium patrons. Installing the Hybrid Marine system allows the vessel the clean, reliable propulsion it needs to travel out into the Sound.

TOTE Vessel to Assist Troops

Upon the request of the Commander of the Military Sealift Command, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE), will lend the assistance of the S. S. Northern Lights to transport military hardware to Southwest Asia. The ship departed Tacoma, Washington Sunday, February 9, and will arrive in San Diego to be loaded with military cargo mid week. An Alaska corporation founded in 1975, TOTE maintains three Roll-on/Roll-off (Ro/Ro) cargo trailer ships for the Puget Sound-Anchorage trade. Typically the S. S. Northern Lights and her sister ships, the S. S. Westward Venture and S. S. Great Land, are engaged in transporting vehicles, trailers, construction equipment, and other merchandise from the Port of Tacoma, Washington to the Port of Anchorage, Alaska. As part of the Jones Act in the U.S.

NIL Supplies GenSet for FDNY Fireboat

Photo: NIL

A marine power generation and climate control products manufacturer Northern Lights, Inc. (NLI) has  announced  completion of a 235kW Commercial Series generator set for the Fire Department of New York. The unit – M235C13.11NYFD – was built with a number of specifications unique to the requirements of metropolitan fire-fighting, including a nonstandard base pan, shutdown switches and USCG fuel lines plumbed to the base frame. The unit was completed to ABS and USCG standards and included a special “fire engine” red paint scheme.

New Flagship Joins CMV Cruise Line

Magellan (Image by CMV)

Britain's Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has taken delivery of new flagship Magellan ahead of its maiden voyage in March. The former 1,250-passenger ship Grand Holiday, operated by Costa brand Iberocruceros, was built in 1985 and revamped in 2010. The new flagship will now reposition to Greece for a drydock period before sailing to the U.K. for  various launch events and it maiden Solar Eclipse and Northern Lights cruise departing on March 15 from Tilbury. According to CMV's commercial director Chris Coates said the ship has already been popular with guests.

Northern Lights to Show DECS at Miami Boatshow

DECS: Photo credit Northern Lights

Northern Lights to feature its Diesel Exhaust Cleaning System (DECS) at the 2013 Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show. Based on DCL International’s MARINE-X™ system, DECS removes soot and particulate matter as it is emitted from the diesel engine. The air and water quality on and around the vessel is vastly improved, offering a clean, enjoyable environment for everyone on board. When equipped with DECS, exhaust gas is routed through a catalytically coated ceramic filter, trapping soot and particulates.

New Research Vessel Taps Hybrid Power

Photo courtesy of Corvus Energy

Battery hybrid provides clean, quiet, fuel‐efficient research platform on Long Island Sound. Corvus Energy, Northern Lights and BAE systems now power Spirit of the Sound, a floating marine education classroom and research vessel. The vessel, a 65‐foot catamaran, will operate in Long Island Sound for The Norwalk Aquarium in Connecticut. The Corvus Energy lithium battery will provide the high-density energy storage for propulsion and house loads. Two 100kw diesel Lugger L1064A generators…

Northern Lights Taps Purdy as Vice President/General Manager

Kit Purdy (Photo: Northern Lights)

Manufacturer of marine power generation and climate control products Northern Lights, Inc. has promoted Kit Purdy to Vice President/General Manager.   In his new role Purdy will oversee operations including engineering and quality assurance, research and development, sales/marketing and production.

Ulstein Designs Nominated for Innovation Awards 2012

'Windlifter' Image credit Ulstein

The turbine installation vessel ‘Windlifter’, developed by Ulstein Idea Equipment Solutions and Ulstein Sea of Solutions, is suitable for single lift installations. Unlike jack-up units, the vessel is not limited by waterdepth. The installation system is a modular, mechanical system to skid turbines from the vessel onto the foundation. All components in the installation system are relatively close to deck level, improving accessibility and reducing maintenance costs. The ‘Northern…

Exhaust Gas Cleaner Introduced by Northern Lights

Northern Lights provides soot & particulate matter removal solution for diesel engine exhausts with DECS. DECS, or Diesel Exhaust Cleaning System, is based on DCL International’s MARINE-X™ system which removes particulates as they are emitted from the engine. Air and water quality in and around the vessel are thereby vastly improved. When equipped with DECS, exhaust gas is routed through a catalytically coated ceramic filter. Soot is trapped and the filter is kept free of restrictions. DECS uses a passive regeneration process. Unlike competitors’ active systems which require additional equipment and regeneration time, with DECS, the Northern Lights generator set functions as normal while particulate matter is continually burned off using the heat emitted by the engine’s own exhaust.

Washburn & Doughty Win Contract

Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc. of East Boothbay, Maine signed a contract to design and build a 72 x 20 x 10.5 ft/ Offshore Motor Vessel (Hull 76) for Hempstead Navigation Service LLC. The vessel, which is designed for long distance travel, will have a steel hull (5/16" shell) and an aluminum deckhouse. Hull 76 will feature a Caterpillar 3406E main engine rated at 450 hp at 1,800 rpm. The vessel is designed to travel at 10 knots and will use a Twin Disc 5114 close-coupled reverse gear with a 4.1 to 1 reduction ratio, a 4-in. Aquamet 22 shaft, and a 48-in. five-blade NiBrAl propeller. Two generators, a Northern Light model 984 K (32 kW) and a Northern Light model M844K (16 kW), will fulfill the vessel's electric power requirements.

Vessel’s Support Illustrates Importance

The military value of a strong and diverse fleet of U.S.-flag commercial vessels was dramatically illustrated this month when the Military Sealift Command requested that the Jones Act trailership S.S. NORTHERN LIGHTS load military hardware in San Diego for delivery to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The vessel’s owner, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc., immediately made the NORTHERN LIGHTS available to the military and within days, the ship was being loaded with cargo needed by troops stationed overseas. The vessel is expected to remain in the service of Military Sealift Command for approximately 90 days. “The willingness of American vessel operators and their dedicated crews to sail into harm’s way is one of many benefits of the Jones Act and other U.S.

Camarc And Kvichak Marine Team Up Again

Camarc and Kvichak Marine Industries have joined together once again to design and build an all-aluminum 72-ft. (22 m) pilot boat. The new vessel, which is scheduled for a Summer 2002 delivery, is for the Sabine Pilots Association of Groves, Texas, and will operate year-round in the waters of Sabine Pass. The vessel's power will be supplied by twin Detroit Diesel 16V2000 engines rated for 1,285 bhp each at 2,100 rpm; Hamilton HM651 waterjets were selected for the propulsors. This combination will allow excellent maneuverability, a top speed of 28 knots, and a cruising speed of 26 knots. The patented popsafe fendering system will be used to protect the vessel's hull while boast and pilot transfers are made.

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