North Marine Management
North Marine is first and foremost a company of dedicated, seafaring mariners.
Setting us apart from others in the field, everyone in our Management Team has direct experience working in the industry. We understand the unique challenges that you face.
Learn more on our ‘About Us’ page
Meet the North Marine Management Team
Highly respected throughout the industry for their depth of knowledge, are Directors and co-owners, Ben Hales and Courtney Hansen.
“Expanding infrastructure across the whole of the Pacific and Great Barrier Reef regions makes it an exciting time for the industry. As part of a network of local and national mariners, North Marine is at the forefront of a community working together to ensure Australia is a leader in its field.” – Ben Hales, owner-operator.
Owner & Director – Ben Hales
Ben Hales is an experienced Master four skipper, marine engineer and diver with extensive industry experience spanning over twenty years.
Ben has worked across the mining sector, commercial diving, tourism and superyacht industries.
From childhood, Ben worked in his family’s marine tourism business filling brochure signs throughout Cairns to fill seats on reef tours. As a young teenager, his work was constructing marine moorings and working as a deckhand. He became a Skipper at 19 years old and was the Master of a 35-meter liveaboard by the time he was 23.
Before acquiring North Marine, Ben was Operations Manager for a large company overseeing a staff of 80+ crew.
As a result of his career working both internationally and throughout Australia, Ben has extensive first-hand experience. He understands the demands of your support requirements.
As Project Manager, Ben oversees the coordination and execution of operations.
Owner & Director – Courtney Hansen
Courtney Hansen is a Master four skipper, diver and manager, with thirteen years experience in the marine services industry and nine years in the commercial sector. Under the previous owner, Courtney was a key crew member of ‘Tim North Marine’, working alongside Tim before becoming an owner. Her knowledge of all facets of the industry is second to none.
Courtney started her career in charter fishing and as a dive boat Captain. Courtney was the first-ever, permanent female Captain for Northern Australia’s largest freight shipping company. During her time there, Courtney was Master of a 50-meter, 1300-ton landing barge operating throughout the Eastern Seaboard, Torres Strait, Gulf of Carpentaria and Darwin.
In 2015 Courtney won the “Llyod List, Young Maritime Professional of the Year” award for achievements in the industry.
As Business Development Manager, Courtney will be most clients first point of contact.
Commercial Dive Supervisor – Ryan Kobelt
Heading the commercial dive division at North Marine, is our lead Commercial Dive Supervisor, Ryan Kobelt.
Ryan joined the North Marine family in 2015. As an ADAS commercial diver and Dive Supervisor, Ryan manages the commercial diving operations.
Ryan is an experienced Master V Skipper and MED 1.
Ryan’s extensive resume of contracts includes fly-in-fly-out assignments for the gas and oil industries and working on countless in-water and underwater infrastructure projects.
Website & Marketing – Lucy Davies
Lucy’s career spans the marine tourism and SEO marketing industries. With North Marine, Lucy’s role is website management and administration.
Lucy spent her early career working in administration for an international commodities shipping company in the UK. Upon emigrating to Australia, she worked aboard a liveaboard tourism vessel for 10 years. Additionally, during this time, she created SEO content for a diverse range of tourism products.
Lucy is a qualified Marine Engine Driver grade 3, marine industry Trainer and Assessor and an experienced Dive Instructor. Lucy ran her own busy marine first aid training business prior to becoming a mother.