Supply of Public Mooring & RPM Maintenance Services in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – QPWS

Supply of Public Mooring & RPM Maintenance Services in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – QPWS

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, QLD Australia

North Marine installs & maintains public-use boat mooring infrastructure and reef protection markers throughout the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Client: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) North Marine has held an SOA with QPWS since 2010 (formerly as 'Tim North Marine') - with the most recent SOA awarded in 2019. Scope of Work North Marine is a key contractor in the SOA to maintain public-use boat mooring infrastructure and reef protection markers for QPWS. Work is conducted throughout the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, including the northern GBR, Whitsundays and southern GBR. Maintenance voyages are conducted two-to-three times annually by North Marine, on average. Change-out voyages occur every four years, where mooring components are completely replaced. (Mooring parts are fully replaced, with the exception of the embedded screw anchor). North Marine typically uses the workboat 'Viking' for maintenance voyages and the larger 'Gulf Explorer' for change-out trips. Maintenance voyages include cleaning, exchanging defective parts, recording conditions and providing photographic and written evidence reports. North Marine ensures adequate replacement parts are ready to deploy and accordingly dispose of, or return to QPWS, faulty/unused equipment.  Importantly, North Marine fabricates moorings in-house and is a mooring component stockist. Being a local supplier reduces third-party costs to the client, and further minimises freight charges - resulting in budget savings. Mooring lines, with tackle, are fabricated in-house by our expert commercial diving department to exact specifications. An AMSA accredited Marine Surveyor routinely inspects fabricated mooring lines to ensure conformity with specifications. These logistically complex voyages involve extensive quality assurance, planning, reporting and compliance obligations. Critically, works are performed with minimal interruption to other reef users. As always, North Marine operates within all cultural and environmental controls set out by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), QPWS and applicable authorities.  Deliverables Clean, inspect & conduct routine maintenance on public moorings Clean, inspect & conduct routine maintenance on RPMs Conduct mooring change-outs, inc. installation of new mooring components Fabricate mooring lines & tackle (in-house) Supply of mooring components as required in SOA - Including pickup lines, buoy lanyards, rated shackles, thimbles, swivels, split-pins, riser buoys, line, ballast chains etc. Maintenance reporting across all assets - written & photographic Government Supplier - Local Contractor North Marine North Marine is a prominent Queensland marine contracting company based in the Port of Cairns in Far North Queensland, Australia. North Marine has a long history of delivering maritime support to the public sector - including numerous Government agencies and local councils. Most notable is this SOA with Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service (QPWS), which North Marine has held on a recurring basis since 2010, and a long-term contract as a supplier to the Bureau of Meteorology's remote weather stations in the South Pacific. Furthermore, North Marine has excellent contractor relationships with MSQ and Ports North - See 'Case Studies' for more examples. Discriminators Established track record of Government contracting Environmental, ethical & socially aware company Extensive history of operating in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Local SME business using a local FNQ workforce Able to deliver all project objectives with value for money In-house rope fabrication & local mooring parts stockist reduces third-party costs & freight costs, resulting in savings Adept at delivering logistically complex and remote projects A fleet of suitable charter vessels to perform works ISO accredited Experienced project managers and key personnel Outcome North Marine has successfully completed every voyage since 2010 (with the most recent SOA awarded in 2019). Contracted SOA objectives, reporting and compliance are delivered in full, on time and within budget. Download Case Study About Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is a branch of the State of Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES). Public Moorings & Reef Protection Markers Public moorings exist throughout the Great Barrier Reef region to reduce coral damage from vessel anchors. Reef protection markers primarily outline a reef protection area, where the use of vessel anchors is prohibited. Public moorings are available to all reef users. They are coded to indicate the class of vessel they may hold (vessel length), the time they can be used, and the maximum wind strengths, as applicable to each mooring. Click here to learn more about public-use moorings on the Great Barrier Reef.

May 11, 2022

Supply of Public Mooring & RPM Maintenance Services in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – QPWS
Charleston Dam Water Supply Infrastructure, Rural Queensland

Savannah Gulf Region of Queensland, Australia

North Marine is contracted to install Charleston Dam water supply infrastructure for the tender "Water Infrastructure Works - Installation Phase", by Etheridge Shire Council, rural QLD. Client: Etheridge Shire Council, Queensland Scope of Work Charleston Dam provides water to the townships of Forsayth and Georgetown in Queensland. The dam is located approximately 400km southwest of Cairns (1,800km north-west of Brisbane). North Marine crew and commercial divers install water intake pipes, an electrical pump, four mooring systems and two pontoons to house the raw-water intake infrastructure, for the Charleston Dam. Additionally, water pipes are poly welded and groundcover pipe/electrical cable areas are trenched and filled over (approx 100meters) from the reservoir to the dam. North Marine was the primary contractor for this Tender, using sub-contractors for electrical and building/groundworks. North Marine's commercial diving division managed all aspects of the infrastructure installation. Furthermore, they designed, fabricated and installed the pontoon mooring systems - comprised of mooring blocks, chains, and cable, per naval architect drawings. North Marine utilised workboat 'Tin Duck' and landing barge 'Reef Safari' on the Charleston Dam water infrastructure project. Deliverables Design, fabrication and installation of mooring systems for the pontoons - 1 x Main Pontoon, 1 x Pump Pontoon Installation of pontoons - 1 x Main Pontoon, 1 x Pump Pontoon Installation of the raw water intake pipe - including poly-welding, installation of pipe floats (water) and pipe protection earthworks (land) Installation of electrical cable Electrical trenching - land area Co-ordinating all sub-contractors, as necessary Transporting bulk equipment from Cairns to the worksite Considerations Environmental management, including erosion, sediment control and operating within the 'Environmental and Cultural Heritage Protection' requirements, was critical. The logistically complex project included managing multiple sub-contractors and transporting bulk equipment from Cairns to the remote region. This included the new pontoon installations and North Marine workboats. The pontoons were manufactured in Cairns by English Engineering. The client sought a contractor who could deliver all project objectives with a keen eye on value for money. With much experience operating within remote regions, coordinating sub-contractors efficiently and utilising local providers and workforce, North Marine is able to execute on all fronts.   Government Supplier - Local Contractor North Marine North Marine is a prominent marine contractor company based in the Port of Cairns in Far North Queensland, Australia. North Marine has a long history of delivering maritime support to the public sector - including Councils and Government agencies. Most notably, North Marine holds long-term, recurring contracts with Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service  (QPWS) and the Bureau of Meteorology. - See 'Case Studies' for more examples. Discriminators Extensive track record of Government contracting Environmentally & socially aware company - with experience operating in the 'Environmental and Cultural Heritage Protection' requirements Adept at delivering logistically complex and/or remote projects A fleet of suitable charter vessels to perform works Local SME business using a local FNQ workforce ISO Accredited Experienced project managers and key personnel Established at co-ordinating sub-contractors Able to deliver all project objectives with value for money Outcome North Marine successfully completed the contract with all project objectives delivered in full, on time and within budget. All deliverables were met without incident. North Marine's experienced Project Managers achieved the best results for the Etheridge Shire Council and its stakeholders. Download Case Study Arial Map of Water Supply Installation Worksite at Charleston Dam The map demonstrates the North Marine installation works area - From the water holding tank on the left to the pump pontoon on the right. About the Charleston Dam, in Queensland Australia The Etheridge Shire Council constructed the Charleston Dam to provide town water supply to the townships of Forsayth and Georgetown. It is located on the Delaney River in the remote Savannah Gulf Region of Queensland, Australia. The area is considered an important cultural heritage site, and the dam has an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) in place. The planning process for the dam's development has taken place in communication with the Traditional Owners of the land - the Ewamian People. In addition to town water, the dam is used recreationally by locals. Learn more about the Etheridge Shire Council and the Charleston Dam here.

November 9, 2021

Charleston Dam Water Supply Infrastructure, Rural Queensland
Navigational Aid Inspection & Thickness Testing in the Ports of Cairns & Weipa

Port of Cairns - Port of Weipa, Queensland, Australia

North Marine is an FNQ local supplier contracted to deliver 'navigational aid thickness testing' on channel piles in the Port of Cairns and Port of Weipa. Client: Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) is a branch of the Department of Transport and Main Roads. Scope of Work North Marine was engaged to deliver steel thickness testing on the FNQ navigational aid piles in the Ports of Cairns and Weipa for MSQ. Crew and commercial divers on SSBA conduct ultrasonic thickness test readings and visual inspections of 12 navigational piles. The methodology includes comprehensive assessment and data recording at established points on each pile, photography and cleaning of the sites. Critically, works are conducted without interfering with shipping movements or traffic in the area.   Government Supplier - Local Contractor North Marine North Marine is a prominent marine contractor company based in the Port of Cairns in Queensland, Australia. North Marine has a long history of delivering maritime support services to Government agencies and the public sector. Most notably, North Marine holds long-term, recurring contracts to maintain public moorings throughout the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park with Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service  (QPWS) and has a long-term supplier role with the Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM's) remote weather stations in the Pacific. Discriminators Local SME marine business in Cairns, Queensland Local FNQ workforce Extensive track record of Government contracting A fleet of suitable charter vessels to perform works Waterfront marine facility in Port of Cairns as the operational base Experienced divers & project managers Ethically, environmentally & socially aware contractor Outcome North Marine successfully completed the contract tender with all project objectives and reporting delivered in full, on time and within budget.   Download Case Study Chart Map of Navigational Aid Inspection Sites - Port of Cairns Map of Cairns channel pile markers - aid to navigation in the Port of Cairns sites for inspection & UT testing by North Marine, commercial diving contractor. Chart Map of Navigational Aid Inspection Sites - Port of Weipa Map of Weipa channel pile markers - aid to navigation in the Port of Weipa sites for inspection & UT testing by North Marine, commercial diving contractor.

September 22, 2021

Navigational Aid Inspection & Thickness Testing in the Ports of Cairns & Weipa
ROV Drone Underwater Inspection Services in Cairns Harbour, for Tropical Aviation

Cairns Harbour, Port of Cairns, Queensland, Australia

North Marine is engaged in inspecting underwater infrastructure in Cairns Harbour using our Seasam remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and assessing the client's moorings. Client: Tropical Aviation Tropical Aviation operates seaplane tours in the Port of Cairns. Scope of Work North Marine is tasked to get reliable photographic and video evidence of the condition of underwater mooring infrastructure in the Cairns Harbour, for Tropical Aviation. The area is known for its large tidal movements and low levels of visibility in the water. The client required visual data on the infrastructure before deciding whether to proceed with further maintenance or to remove the moorings entirely. ROVs are both cost and time-effective for such underwater inspections. Furthermore, they provide heightened safety control measures by minimising the need for underwater dive inspections by personnel, in a potentially high-risk environment. Considerations Operating within the environmentally sensitive habitat of Trinity Inlet, Cairns Harbour, in a declared 'Fish Habitat Area' by the Department of Environment and Science (DES). Substantial tidal limitations; currents Turbid Water Risk management - Control measures for hazards such as marine fauna, crocodiles, bull sharks, sea snakes etc   Underwater Inspection Services - North Marine North Marine is a prominent commercial diving company based in the Port of Cairns in Queensland, Australia. We have a long history of delivering maritime support services throughout Queensland and are widely considered a leader in the field of in-water inspection services. North Marine provides marine infrastructure support to Government agencies, large commercial enterprises and most tourism operators throughout northern Australia. We have an outstanding track record of service and delivery for underwater inspection services in Cairns. Discriminators State-of-the-art ROV technology, limiting diving time & cost Well established operating within the environmental controls & hazardous marine environment of Cairns Harbour and the Trinity Inlet Waterfront marine facility in Port of Cairns as an operational base for delivering underwater inspection services in Cairns Excellent working relationship with related authorities. In this instance, consultations included Ports North, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), the Department of Environment and Science (DES) and Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) Applicable insurances and certifications A fleet of suitable charter vessels to perform works Experienced divers & project managers First-rate Safety Management Systems, Diving Procedures and a dedicated Crocodile Management Plan ISO accredited Outcome North Marine successfully captured clear imagery in a cost-effective and efficient manner. The method used achieved the best outcomes for all related parties. Following the ROV inspection findings, the client chose to remove the mooring systems. Download Case Study  

April 28, 2021

ROV Drone Underwater Inspection Services in Cairns Harbour, for Tropical Aviation
Vessel Evacuation from Cairns Marlin Marina | Severe Weather Cyclone Warning

Cairns Marlin Marina, Queensland

Marina Evacuation Assistance Of Cairns Port During Cyclone Warning Watch as vessels are evacuated to safer moorings up Trinity Inlet, from Cairns Marlin Marina, Cairns Port. The severe weather warning issued for the impending Tropical Cyclone Kimi saw "all hands on deck" as the crew of North Marine assisted vessels to brace for the storm. Crews worked into the night and the following day to tow boats and barges from the Cairns Marina. Learn about preparing for a cyclone or severe weather in the Port of Cairns, by visiting our page: Is Your Vessel Cyclone Ready?     Video Of Cairns Marina Evacuation - Tropical Cyclone Kimi In this video, see the North Marine tugboat in Cairns, ‘Gulf Explorer’, followed by workboat ‘Viking’, maneuvering the red barge away from the wharf to a protected cyclone mooring further upstream. This incredible video was captured by Jim Bradley, of Edge Smartech. Tropical Cyclone - False Alarm As severe weather is not uncommon in Far North Queensland, marina users are familiar with marina evacuations. Fortunately, this time, the unpredictable Tropical Cyclone Kimi decided to avoid the shore. During a tropical cyclone weather warning, users of the Cairns marina must adhere to the Cairns Regional Harbour Master’s directives. Extreme Weather Warning – Red alert for vessels in the Port of Cairns When the Regional Harbour Master issues a ‘Red Alert’, destructive winds are forecast, and the port is closed. Directions during extreme weather events and emergencies are laid out in the ‘Port of Cairns Extreme Weather Event Contingency Plan’, available from Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ). » Cairns Extreme Weather Event Contingency Plan 2021/2022 (PDF)   Visit the Bureau Of Meteorology for Cairns Queensland Weather Updates Where severe weather is concerned, preparation is key. Marine weather forecasts are generally accurate when predicting major weather events such as tropical cyclones, but can be less accurate when predicting local severe weather such as high winds, storms and surge. Being prepared is essential to ensuring the safety of your vessel/s. Prepare your vessel for severe weather well in advance and have a cyclone mooring installation ready to go and well maintained as a safe harbour. Visit the Bureau of Meteorology website for up to date forecasts on marine weather conditions, tidal conditions, wind and coastal warnings. BOM Website Harbour Evacuation Assistance – Vessel Relocation Service to Far North Queensland North Marine is a Cairns-based, marine services company. We offer vessel relocation services, including harbour evacuation assistance to Far North Queensland vessel owners. If you may require your vessel to be relocated in the event of a mandatory harbour evacuation order, North Marine can assist. Please contact us if you need assistance or towage of your vessel. In the event of a harbour evacuation, if you direct us to do so, we can help you move your vessel safely to your preferred location. Contact   Visit these pages for more information on North Marine services Marine Services Harbour Towage Cyclone Mooring Installation * Banner photograph, courtesy of Ports North

January 28, 2021

Vessel Evacuation from Cairns Marlin Marina | Severe Weather Cyclone Warning
Salvage of the Iconic Underwater Observatory at Green Island

Green Island, Queensland

The 1954 Green Island Underwater Observatory is Salvaged The experienced commercial dive division of North Marine successfully executed the salvage and removal of the submerged structure, located at Green Island out of Cairns. A Key Piece of Queensland Tourism History It is with a sad heart and happy memories that North Marine undertook the massive task of deconstructing and salvaging the iconic 1954 Underwater Observatory at Green Island. About the Green Island Underwater Observatory The underwater observatory at Green Island was the brainchild of Vince Vlassoff, a 37-year-old Australian born Engineer, and Lloyd Grigg after they met on a crocodile safari cruise operated by Vlassoff. Before snorkelling or scuba diving had become mainstream activities, this pioneering piece of architecture truly was a revolution in reef tourism, which up until this point had largely been occasional ferry trips taking people to offshore islands for a day trip. Never before had the general visitor had access to freely view the Great Barrier Reef beneath the surface. The entrepreneurial pair imagined an underwater theatre, unlike anything ever constructed of its kind before. They envisioned a place where the public could venture beneath the waves to a chamber of windows, whereby they could witness the marvellous fish, coral and aquatic life to be seen. Construction of the chamber began in 1951 and took twelve months from planning to final submersion – an incredible time frame considering the challenge of the task and all the unknown factors. For nearly 60 years the underwater observatory delighted visitors and provided a means of viewing the incredible underwater world.   Visit these pages for more information on North Marine services Marine Services Commercial Diving Services

January 22, 2021

Salvage of the Iconic Underwater Observatory at Green Island
Install a Cyclone-Rated, Boat Swing Mooring in the Torres Strait

Port Kennedy, Thursday Island, Torres Strait QLD

North Marine is contracted to install a cyclone-rated, 360° boat swing mooring at Port Kennedy, Thursday Island in the Torres Strait for the state-Government owned shipping company, Sea Swift.   Client: Sea Swift Sea Swift is Northern Australia's largest shipping company and is owned by the State Government, Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC). Scope of Work Northern Australia's largest shipping company, Sea Swift, requires cyclone moorings rated to hold cargo vessels up to 500-ton in weight to be installed at Port Kennedy, Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. North Marine commercial divers install 360-degree swing moorings, each consisting of a 54mm stud-link chain running out to three Stingray anchors. Our experienced dive personnel and project managers are adept at operating in remote locations. North Marine currently installs and maintains all vessel moorings for the state Government-owned corporation, throughout Queensland. The remote location demands environmental, logistical and stakeholder considerations. Extensive planning includes coordinating local contractors, approvals and consultation with naval architects and the applicable Authorities. Outcome North Marine successfully completed the contract with all objectives delivered in full, on time and within budget. The moorings are compliant and fit for purpose. Download Case Study Installing a Boat Swing Mooring at Thursday Island, Torres Strait The Torres Strait is a group of Islands located north of Queensland, Australia and south of New Guinea. Critical factors such as strong tidal movements are key considerations for North Marine’s commercial diving department when planning and installing vessel moorings throughout the Torres Strait. Our Clients Sea Swift is the largest shipping company in Northern Australia. Owned by the State Government, Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) Sea Swift operates both domestically and internationally, providing cargo and freight shipping services. They have bases of operation in Far North Queensland and the Northern Territory. North Marine commercial divers install and maintain numerous boat mooring infrastructure for Sea Swift in Cairns, Queensland and the Torres Strait. Commercial Dive Company Based In Cairns, Queensland, Australia North Marine operates a commercial dive department, providing a suite of diving services throughout Queensland and the Torres Straits. Our commercial dive experience spans over 30 years, working in both Australian and international waters.   Visit these pages for more information on North Marine Services: Marine Services Commercial Diving Boat Mooring Installation & Maintenance Cyclone Mooring Installation

August 10, 2020

Install a Cyclone-Rated, Boat Swing Mooring in the Torres Strait
Quicksilver Pontoon Tow – Great Barrier Reef to Port of Cairns, QLD

Great Barrier Reef to Cairns Harbour, Queensland

Watch as Queensland tug boat ‘Gulf Explorer’, tows the Quicksilver reef pontoon on its journey from the Great Barrier Reef. A team effort between North Marine occupational divers and our fantastic tug boat crew. Pontoon Towage Cairns Port & Cairns Trinity Inlet The Quicksilver pontoon tow, from the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, to Cairns harbour takes place annually for maintenance and upkeep. Watch as the much-loved tourist pontoon voyages past Cairns Marlin Marina and Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal, up Trinity Inlet, in Far North Queensland. The Great Barrier Reef pontoon makes its journey with North Marine around the same time every year. Seen here in December 2019 – getting ready for safe harbour during the impending Australian tropical cyclone season. An Australian icon – The Great Barrier Reef pontoon is disconnected from the Great Barrier Reef by our expert commercial dive team Annually, the magnificent Quicksilver Group, ‘Great Adventures Pontoon’ leaves the Great Barrier Reef for a 37 nautical mile tow to Cairns Port for maintenance and refurbishment. The much-loved tourist attraction hosts guests from all over the world. On an outer reef tour to the pontoon, passengers experience the very best of Australia’s Outer Great Barrier Reef – located in the heart of the Coral Sea –  where it resides for most of the year. Marine Tow To Cairns, Queensland North Marine’s expert commercial divers’ team disconnects the pontoon from its secure mooring on the ocean floor. The Great Barrier Reef floating pontoon is then towed to Cairns Port, by the tug boat ‘Gulf Explorer’. When ready, the tug boat will return the pontoon to its home on the Great Barrier Reef. Ready for another wonderful season of snorkelling, scuba diving, boat tours and scenic helicopter flights. Occupational divers reinstall the Quicksilver Pontoon to its pride of place at the iconic ‘Norman Reef’, north of Cairns, QLD. Visit these pages for more information on North Marine services: Marine Services Marine Towage Services Tug Boat ‘Gulf Explorer’

January 16, 2020

Quicksilver Pontoon Tow – Great Barrier Reef to Port of Cairns, QLD