Community Engagement & Sustainable Practices
As a crew of dedicated, seafaring Mariners, a passion for the ocean is at the heart of North Marine.
Our focus on supporting the maritime industry is underpinned by deep respect and a connection to the areas and communities in which we work.
Having originated with a focus on sustainable reef practices, our company commits to growing and evolving from these foundations.
North Marine are working to develop new technologies and adapt existing methodologies for the protection of the environment. Read about our ‘environmentally friendly anchorages’ below. Additionally, we support causes in ocean sustainability.
Furthermore, North Marine has strong community engagement in North Queensland. As a company, we’re dedicated to our regions outlook and development – supporting causes that reflect this.
We strive to engage with, support, and give back to the communities we work in and amongst.
In an initiative to foster training pathways for the young and indigenous in the community, we commenced our “Commercial Dive Traineeship Program” – the first of its kind in the region.
Giving Back - Some Initiatives We Support
AFL Cape York House - A Positive Future For Indigenous Australian Youth
Cape York House is a not-for-profit organisation that strives to build positive futures for young indigenous Australians by providing education, support and accommodation.
Our ongoing, established relationship with Cape York house allows us to facilitate events and showcase career opportunities in the maritime sector to young indigenous people.
View the recent article that appeared in the First Nations Telegraph, the Cairns Post and Cape York Weekly – where North Marine connects Sea Swift and Cape York House to provide a tour of their marine facility in Cairns.
Further to this, in an initiative to foster training pathways for the young and indigenous in the community, North Marine created a “Commercial Dive Traineeship Program.” Our commercial dive trainee program is the first of its kind in the region. (Read more about this program below).
PCYC Queensland - Youth Employment - Breaking The Cycle Mentor Volunteer Program
Increased ‘Youth Employment Opportunities’ is an area North Marine proudly supports.
North Marine is part of the ‘Police-Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) Queensland – Breaking The Cycle’ volunteer program. Crew volunteer time and expertise as volunteer Driver Mentors.
The “breaking the cycle” program aims to provide young people with increased employment opportunities and community connections, particularly for low socioeconomic demographics.
The PCYC offers youth and community development initiatives. Programs aim to build safer communities and positively impact local cohesion.
Braking the Cycle can be offered across Queensland, thanks to government and corporate partners.
Since its inception, Braking the Cycle has received numerous awards – including the Australian Road Safety Awards, Queensland Reconciliation Awards, Regional Achievement & Community Awards, National Crime and Violence Prevention Awards, and the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.
Reef Restoration Foundation
The valuable work of the Reef Restoration Foundation aligns with our values for reef preservation, and in this instance, coral regeneration.
Coral Nursery at Fitzroy Island Queensland
North Marine is delighted to donate the time and expertise of our commercial dive team and resources. Divers were deployed to assist with the installation of a ‘coral tree nursery’, at Fitzroy Island Resort in Queensland.
The Reef Restoration Foundation is a not-for-profit whose goal is to address climate change on the Great Barrier Reef, water quality and other pressures.
Citizens Of The Great Barrier Reef (Founding Partner)
North Marine is a Founding Partner and ongoing supporter of the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef initiative.
North Marine actively participates in the ‘Great Barrier Reef Census‘ – in an ongoing capacity. Furthermore, our tugboat charter, the Gulf Explorer, is proudly the first commercial vessel to partake in the study.
The ‘Great Reef Census’ is a Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef project. It is delivered in partnership with The University of Queensland, the state Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Australian Institute of Marine Science.
So far, North Marine has been collecting data from reefs as far and wide as Townsville up to the Ribbon Reefs and Lizard Island!
Because our work covers large expanses of the Great Barrier Reef regularly, we have the unique opportunity to collect a wide variety of data.
Vessels and crew volunteering their time and resources play a critical part in the Great Barrier Reef Census.
James Cook University - Coral Larval Restoration Project
Watch the terrific video below, where North Marine’s commercial dive division install coral larval collection structures for James Cook University’s ‘Coral Larval Restoration Project‘.
North Marine installed the structures on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, at Moore Reef Queensland.
These coral larval collection structures aim to gather valuable data samples to assist in the research of coral reproduction.
The research work is hoped to rapidly advance the potential for large scale reef recovery.
Supporting Youth And Indigenous Employment
North Marine’s ‘Commercial Dive Traineeship Program’
Proudly the first of its kind in Far North Queensland – North Marine is excited to offer training pathways to young and indigenous community members.
The first intake for our ‘Commercial Dive Traineeship Program’ commenced in 2021, with 50% indigenous participation. Trainees are due to graduate as ADAS Part Two Commercial Divers in mid-2022. Upon successfully completing their training, graduates are offered full-time employment with North Marine.
Our aim is to provide long-term job opportunities within the maritime sector. We look forward to expanding our dive trainee program in the coming years.
Further to this, North Marine offer limited work-experience placements to year 12 high school students. Providing first-hand work experience is an excellent opportunity for young people who are finishing school to explore the possibility of a career on the water.
Our Environmentally Friendly Mooring Systems: Continuing The Legacy
We are committed to continuing our legacy of installing environmentally friendly anchorages on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.
A Brief History
Founded by the renowned mariner and businessman Tim North, the company was instrumental in developing and implementing positive changes to protect and showcase Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Tim heavily advocated and campaigned for the use of permanent moorings to be installed throughout the marine park. The goal was to minimise the environmental impact when a vessel drops its anchor.
The installation of mooring block anchoring systems became widespread to limit the damage vessels cause when visiting the natural wonder.
Environmentally Friendly Mooring Systems Today
Moving into the present, North Marine are working towards a new method for anchoring vessels on the Great Barrier Reef. Our modern boat anchorage design leaves only a tiny footprint on the seafloor, with minimal disturbance to the surroundings.
By embedding an anchor deep into the ocean substrate, there is far less impact on the surrounding environment. Our new, environmentally friendly mooring systems offer many advantages to both the user and the Great Barrier Reef habitat. Similar designs are successfully deployed in many other places worldwide.
Twenty-six of our environmentally friendly moorings are due to be installed in the Coral Sea in 2022, and we hope this is just the beginning.
Our Commitment To Sustainable Practices
Further to our continuing dedication to environmentally friendly mooring systems, in 2014, we attained our Advanced Eco Certification and Climate Action Business accreditations. These nationally recognised certification programmes recognise businesses taking active steps to reduce their carbon footprint and practice sustainable and responsible reef practices.
We work hard every year to ensure the criteria to sustain these ratings is maintained.
North Marine is continually looking for ways to innovate and inspire. Therefore we operate closely with universities by supplying both vessels and crew for scientific research. We’ve worked alongside the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Center, and the WWF’s “Rivers to Reef to Turtles Project” as well as contributing to the Minke Whale Project’s tagging research.
Most recently, we’ve worked with James Cook University for their Coral Larval Restoration project. We also have an ongoing relationship collecting data for the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef “Great Reef Census”. Furthermore, we donated the time and expertise of our commercial dive division to the valuable work of the Reef Restoration Foundation.
Our Action To Reduce Emissions & Promote Sustainable Reef Practices
- We are proudly a founding partner of the ‘Citizens of The Great Barrier Reef’ initiative
- We attained Advanced Eco and Climate Action Certified Business Certification in 2014, and work hard to continually sustain these ratings. These nationally recognised certification programmes recognise businesses who are taking active steps to reduce their carbon footprint and practice sustainable and responsible reef practices
- We actively participate in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority sightings network program, ‘Eye on the Reef’
- We are committed to sustainable practices. We measure and track our carbon footprint using the GBRMPA emissions calculator
- We minimise waste, recycle and used recycled products where possible
- Our marine vessels are serviced regularly to ensure optimum fuel efficiency
- We promote and facilitate the expansion of private boat mooring infrastructure and environmentally friendly mooring systems within the Marine Parks
Want to Learn More?
We encourage you to visit these sites: *
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) On climate change
- ‘Eye on the Reef’ sightings network program
- Climate Action Certification
- Ecotourism Australia
- Ergon Energy Green Power
- Minke Whale Project
- Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Center
*Links on the North Marine website to external entities & content are the responsibility of that entity and are provided for informative purposes. North Marine takes no responsibility for the content or opinions offered therein.