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
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
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
Port of Cairns, Queensland, Australia
North Marine is engaged to project manage the removal, towage and re-installation of marine infrastructure for GBR Helicopters - from the Port of Cairns 'pier' location - to undergo a refit. Client: GBR Helicopters GBR Helicopters forms part of the Morris Aviation Group, which collectively forms the largest helicopter fleet in Northern Australia. Scope of Work North Marine project managed the complete removal, towage and re-installation of helipad infrastructure from the Port of Cairns 'Pier' location, for GBR Helicopters. The project encompassed two 16-meter by 8-meter helipad pontoons, support brackets, struts, gangways, etc. After dismantling the marine plant & equipment, it was then transported by North Marine workboats 'Viking', 'Gulf Explorer' and 'Drogue', as well as by road, to the Norship slipway for refit. Following refurbishment, the helicopter infrastructure was reinstalled in its original location at the Cairns Pier. All works were conducted without interfering with vessel traffic in the area. Considerations Managing this marine infrastructure project presented numerous logistical challenges. Detailed planning and methodology covered: Working within the environmentally sensitive habitat of the Cairns Harbour and the tidal zone Time demands from stakeholders - Coordinating the importance of having operating infrastructure from GBR Helicopters, the slipway time constraints, the crane company time constraints, vessel availability and liaising with Ports North Substantial tidal limitations for crane and vessel access Operating restrictions set by the Port Authority Marine Infrastructure Support Contractor - North Marine North Marine is a prominent marine infrastructure contractor based in the Port of Cairns in Queensland, Australia. North Marine has a long history of delivering maritime support services to the tourism industry and to private commercial enterprises, such as GBR Helicopters. North Marine provides marine infrastructure support to most tourism operators throughout Far North Queensland, with an outstanding track record of service and delivery. Discriminators Local SME marine company in North Queensland Established operating within environmentally sensitive habitats of Cairns Harbour & within tidal zones A fleet of suitable charter vessels to perform works Waterfront marine facility in Port of Cairns as an operational base Experienced divers & project managers Local FNQ workforce Ethically, environmentally & socially aware contractor Outcome North Marine successfully completed the contract with all project objectives and stakeholder requirements delivered in full, on time and within budget. Download Case Study About GBR Helicopters As the name would suggest, GBR Helicopters offers tourism activities, namely spectacular scenic helicopter flights over the Great Barrier Reef. GBR Helicopters forms part of the Morris Aviation Group, which collectively forms the largest helicopter fleet in Northern Australia. Headquarters are located at Cairns Airport, with operations in Cairns, Darwin, Townsville, Horn Island and the Torres Strait.
March 28, 2020