About Us

Australian owned and operated, Tim North Marine is one of Australia’s leading maritime service providers. A marine contractor based in Queensland, we work Australia-wide inside of the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Our main area of operation is Queensland’s East Coast, extending upwards into the Torres Strait regions and Gulf of Carpentaria.

Began in 1989 as ‘The Great Barrier Reef Mooring Specialists’, over the last 30 years, our fleet has expanded to deliver a full suite of marine towage, offshore support vessels and commercial diving services.

Our mission is to support productivity and growth across the entire maritime sector. We work closely with Government departments, owners, operators and shipping agents to streamline marine services. Our knowledge and expertise provide practical, working solutions with a time-conscious and safety-orientated approach. We utilise responsible reef practices, delivering a culture of safety and awareness.

Clients include private Shipping Agents throughout Australasia, the Queensland Government – where we hold recurring contracts with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). We work closely and consistently with major tourism operators across the Great Barrier Reef region, performing required marine infrastructure and vessel support services. (View client testimonials here).

Over 30 years of operation, we have established an exemplary reputation as a highly professional marine contractor in Australia.

Our high-standing has seen us planning, working-on and completing projects across a range of industries – often in challenging and remote locations.


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Our Values

As a network of dedicated mariners, a passion for the ocean is at the heart of Tim North Marine.

As a leading marine contractor in Australia, we commit to sustainable practices. In 2014 we attained ‘Advanced Eco Certification’ and ‘Climate Action Business’ accreditations. We work hard to sustain these ratings and will continue to improve, protect and promote awareness around ocean conservation and Great Barrier Reef initiatives. For more information on the climate action program, click here.

We are continually looking for ways to innovate. We collaborate with universities by providing vessels and crew for scientific research. We’ve worked alongside the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Center and the WWF on turtle research and release projects, as well as contributing to the Minke Whale Project’s tagging research.


We’d love to share more about what we do with you. Visit our
‘Commitment to Sustainable Practices’ page to learn more


Company Story – Marine Contractor in Australia

Our History

Founded by renowned mariner and businessman Tim North, an exceptional company grew from a love of the Pacific Ocean and a desire to assist businesses to thrive in their fields. Tim was instrumental in implementing positive changes to protect and showcase Australia’s natural assets, including the Great Barrier Reef. This included working closely with both the Queensland Government and private sectors to reduce coral damage from vessel anchors.
Tim was active in encouraging moorings to be installed across the whole of the Great Barrier Reef – with boat mooring installation, supply and maintenance still forming a cornerstone of our marine services business.
Over 300 boat mooring systems and over 35 reef pontoons have been installed by Tim North Marine, across Australia, the Torres Strait and the Pacific Ocean.
Today, the company has expanded its fleet and services to include marine towage, offshore support and supply vessel operations.

Company Profile

Tim North Marine changed ownership in 2019 and is now owned and operated by two Australian families – the current generation of mariners. The excellent standards remain as Tim’s’s legacy continues, and we attain even greater levels of service and professionalism.

As individuals, the owners have been influenced heavily by Tim North – working largely alongside each other.

Managing owners, Courtney Hansen and Ben Hales, have dedicated their careers to the maritime industry and are the motivated faces of Tim North Marine today.

Meet the North Marine Management Team

Highly respected throughout the industry for their depth of knowledge and expertise, are our Marine Managers, Courtney and Ben. They will be your direct point of contact while working with us.

Director – Courtney Hansen

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Courtney Hansen is an experienced Master IV Skipper, Diver and Operations Manager, with 12 years’ experience in the marine services industry and eight years in the commercial sector. Courtney has been a key crew member of Tim North Marine, working alongside Tim for seven years before becoming an owner-operator. Her knowledge of all facets of the business 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 at “Sea Swift” – Australia’s largest privately-owned, domestic freight shipping company. During her time at Sea Swift, Courtney was Ships Master of a 50-meter, 1300-ton landing barge, operating throughout the eastern seaboard, Torres Straits, Gulf of Carpentaria and Darwin.
In 2015 Courtney won the “Llyod List, Maritime Professional of the Year” award for her achievements in the industry. Courtney’s favourite venture to date has been acting as Project Manager and Skipper of a remote pearl-farm salvage in the South Pacific Ocean for the New Zealand Government.



Director – Ben Hales

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Ben Hales is a skilled Master IV Skipper, Marine Engineer, Diver and Operations Manager with over 15 years’ industry experience. Ben was raised in a maritime family working on the water. He started operating commercial tourist vessels at the age of 19 and large liveaboard vessels as Master IV Skipper at the age of 23.
Ben has managed teams of over 80 crew and has worked in the mining sector, Great Barrier Reef tourism, commercial diving and superyacht industries.

“Expanding infrastructure across the whole of the Great Barrier Reef region makes it an exciting and inviting time to be at the heart of the maritime industry. As part of a network of dedicated local and national mariners, we form part of a community working together to ensure Australia is at the forefront of marine innovation.”



Chief Commercial Dive Supervisor – Ryan Kobelt

About Us ǀ Tim North Marine ǀ Meet the Team, Ryan Kobalt ǀ Tug Boat Charters ǀ Boat Mooring Installations ǀ Boat Mooring Supplies AustraliaRyan joined the Tim North Marine family in 2015. As our senior ADAS qualified commercial diver and occupational Dive Supervisor, Ryan has been involved and overseen many marine projects; including the deconstruction and removal of the 1950’s underwater observatory at Green Island and the installation or service of over 300 moorings across the whole of the Great Barrier Reef region of QLD.

Ryan is an experienced Master V Skipper and MED 1. Ryan’s extensive resume of marine contractor projects includes fly-in-fly-out assignments for the gas and oil industries as well as a multitude of commercial diving and wharf-infrastructure projects.





Website & Marketing – Lucy Davies

About Us ǀ Tim North Marine ǀ Meet the Team, Lucy Davies ǀ Tug Boat Charters ǀ Boat Mooring Installations ǀ Boat Mooring Supplies AustraliaLucy’s career has spanned the marine tourism and tourism administration industries. With Tim North Marine, Lucy’s role is website management and administration. Lucy looks after marketing, social media and press releases.