Insurance Tow of Vessel ‘Casabella’ – Whitsundays to Townsville
Airlie Beach, Whitsundays to Townsville, Queensland
North Marine was engaged to tow the vessel 'Casabella' from Coral Sea Marina in Airlie Beach to the slip at Rosshaven Marine in Townsville, QLD. Client: Australian Marine Consultants (AUSCON) » Insurance Agent Scope of Work - Towage of Vessel: Whitsundays to Townsville North Marine is well established at conducting extended marine tugboat assignments throughout the Pacific. This 77-nautical-mile voyage required planning and consultation with insurance agents, regulatory bodies, marine surveyors and the receiving slipway. The 'dead ship' tow was manned as the vessel's bilges required monitoring. As a precautionary request by the agent, North Marine arranged three pumps to be onboard the vessel. Once in Townsville, North Marine coordinated two, local third-party workboats to assist in maneuvering the vessel into the slipway cradle. As always, communication between all stakeholders was critical to success. North Marine's excellent working relationship with the relevant authorities and marinas proved invaluable in delivering a seamless service to the client. The tow was completed safely and without incident, despite challenging operating conditions. Working within the environmental controls of the Great Barrier Reef is something that North Marine is highly established in. North Marine Discriminators: Boat Towage for Marine Insurers in Queensland Expert regional knowledge and highly experienced at towing through the Great Barrier Reef Established working relationships with all relevant stakeholders, including insurance agents, GBRMPA, MSQ, AMSA, Reef VTS, Coral Sea Marina and the marine surveyors. Hold necessary operational permits Adept at delivering logistically complex projects A fleet of suitable towage vessels to perform works Local SME business using a local Queensland workforce ISO Accredited Experienced project managers and key personnel Able to deliver all project objectives with value for money Outcome North Marine successfully completed the contract with project requirements delivered in full, on time & on budget. Download Case Study North Marine - Trusted Marine Contractor in Queensland, Australia North Marine is a prominent marine support company based in the Port of Cairns in Far North Queensland, Australia. North Marine has a long history of delivering marine tugboat services to the private/commercial sector and vessel insurance providers.
July 17, 2023
Insurance Tow of Vessel ‘Casabella’ – Whitsundays to Townsville
East Trinity Reserve, QLD
North Marine was contracted to install 13 new tidal gauge boards, inspect, brace & clean 17 existing boards and verify Australian Height Datum (AHD) to within +/- 25mm accuracy. Client: Queensland Government - Department of Environment & Science (DES) East Trinity Reserve, Queensland Adjacent to Cairns Trinity Inlet, East Trinity Reserve has a dense, environmentally sensitive habitat, unstable terrain and limited access. Straddling both the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, the location is one of the world's most successful acid-sulphate soil remediation projects and is a significant Mandingalbay Yidinji Indigenous Protected Area. Scope of Work - Gauge Board Installation, Inspection & Repair The following works ensured that all required locations at East Trinity have a robust, easy-to-read and stable (flow velocity, salt water, acid, and UV) gauge board, that is accurately tied to the Australian Height Datum: Installation of 13 gauge boards as per the scope of works Replacement of 9 broken or damaged gauge board piles Cleaned and reset 8 existing gauge board piles Verification of 1 Iron Bridge gauge board affixed to the bridge - found to be out by 240mm In addition to the works in the original contract, DES also requested 5 new locations be braced due to high tidal flow or debris concerns for the area. The additional bracing works were completed as a variation on the original contract. North Marine crew used a combined shore and vessel-based methodology for the logistically complex and high-risk works. The new piles were driven into various terrain types with machinery custom-modified for the task. Existing pile gauges were replaced, cleaned and/or strengthened as necessary. Laser-cut gauge board markers were supplied by DES, and all other installation materials and equipment were supplied by North Marine. North Marine subcontracted a specialist Bathymetric Surveyor to verify Australian Height Datum targets. Key risks included the presence of crocodiles in the waterways where the gauge boards were located, changing conditions associated with the tidal nature of the site, the presence of soft geotechnically unstable sediments in the drains and creeks, and weather systems affecting the works. Planning & Methodology Considerations Operating within the highly environmentally sensitive habitat of East Trinity Reserve in Queensland Risk management – Control measures for hazards such as crocodiles, snakes, marine flora and fauna, unstable terrain and dense vegetation Substantial tidal conditions Access restrictions: North Marine worked with DES and Traditional Owners to clear access routes into areas of the reserve North Marine Discriminators: Work at East Trinity Reserve, QLD Comprehensive 'Environmental Management Procedures' when operating in rivers, harbours and areas of high environmental sensitivity - with extensive experience in such operations Adept at delivering logistically complex & remote projects A fleet of suitable charter vessels and machinery to perform works North Wharf, our marine base, is located less than 1km from the entrance to the East Trinity Wetland Excellent working relationships with Stakeholders Local SME marine business in North Queensland, with a local workforce Extensive track record as both a Government and a Private Sector contractor Ethically and socially aware Approved 'Crocodile Management Plan' Hold required work permits Experienced Management and Key Personnel ISO Accredited Outcome North Marine successfully completed the contract with project requirements delivered in full, on time and on budget. Download Case Study Map Of East Trinity Guague Board Locations More About East Trinity Reserve More About Mandingalbay Yidinji Indigenous Protected Area
May 30, 2023
Gauge Board Installations – East Trinity, Queensland
North Marine was contracted to conduct site assessments and bathymetric survey reports on four proposed marine infrastructure locations in the Pacific. Client: Undisclosed due to NDA Scope of Work - Bathymetric Survey, Site & Seafloor Assessments Please note - due to the NDA surrounding this project, specifics can not be discussed here. If further clarification on the service North Marine provides is required, please do not hesitate to contact us. As mooring infrastructure experts, North Marine consultants were flown internationally to determine suitable locations for installing marine infrastructure in the Pacific. Following thorough site analysis, comprehensive reports of the feasibility of each of the four reef sites for the intended installation were provided to the client. The seafloor reports included bathymetric imaging analysis, Met Ocean Data, regional annual weather considerations, marine fauna, mooring/anchoring options and dive surveys. They further outlined resources available (e.g. vessel availability & nearby Port logistics). Because North Marine has extensive experience in similar marine installations, we were able to go above and beyond for this client. Our findings explained the optimal location for the installation and included considerations not already taken into account. For example, the distance to necessary evacuation infrastructure and practical and logistical planning. North Marine has established relationships with specialised personnel who were our key subcontractors for parts of this project. This includes a Naval Architect and Bathymetric Surveyor. Considerations Managing the bathymetric survey work and site assessments presented numerous logistical challenges. Detailed planning and methodology covered: Transporting bulk equipment internationally - including bathymetry equipment Sourcing suitable vessels in the area for the project Liaising with multiple stakeholders and Governing bodies - in multiple languages Operating within environmentally sensitive marine habitats Substantial tidal and weather limitations Operating restrictions set by local Authorities North Marine - Discriminators for the Bathymetric Survey & Seafloor Assessment Adept at delivering logistically complex and remote projects Most experienced pontoon installation company in Australia Comprehensive 'Environmental Management Procedures' - with extensive experience operating in marine habitats Established at coordinating with stakeholders, Authorities and subcontractors Exemplary communication channels in place Experienced project managers and key personnel Ethically, culturally & socially aware marine contractor ISO accreditation Hold required permits and insurances Outcome North Marine successfully completed the site assessments and bathymetric work with all project objectives and reporting delivered in full, on time and within budget. The best outcome for the client was achieved. Download Case Study North Marine - Leading Marine Contractor in Australia North Marine is a prominent marine support company based in the Port of Cairns in Queensland, Australia. North Marine has a long history of delivering marine consultancy services throughout Australia and the Pacific region.
May 30, 2022
Bathymetric Survey Report & Seafloor Assessments In Pacific
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
Dixon Inlet, Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia
North Marine's commercial diving department is contracted to salvage the wreck of the SV Roma from Dixon Inlet, Port Douglas, Queensland. Client: Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) is a branch of the Department of Transport and Main Roads. Scope of Work - 'Vessel Salvage SV Roma' North Marine crew and divers inspect the wreckage and over two days, work to eliminate further environmental risk and prepare the derelict vessel for salvage. 300L of oil & diesel and 11 lead-acid batteries are removed, voids are pumped, and additional SOPEP measures are implemented. North Marine divers detach the anchoring system & manoeuvre to an approved site where the vessel is careened on the bank at king tide. A demolition crew is engaged for its safe disposal. The vessel was successfully disposed of, and the salvage was completed with a thorough site assessment and cleaning of the area to ensure that all debris associated with the wreck was removed. Workboat 'Tin Duck' was utilised on this project. Government Supplier - Marine Contractor, North Marine North Marine is a prominent marine support 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 Extensive track record of Government contracting Environmentally & socially aware company, with experience operating in the environmentally sensitive habitat of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Queensland waterways & tidal zones Local SME marine business in Cairns, Queensland Local FNQ workforce A fleet of suitable charter vessels to perform works Waterfront marine facility in Port of Cairns as the operational base Experienced divers & project managers ISO accredited Hold all applicable permits to conduct works Outcome North Marine successfully completed the vessel salvage contract with all project objectives and reporting delivered in full, on time and within budget. Download Case Study
July 26, 2021
Vessel Salvage in Port Douglas, Queensland, for Maritime Safety Queensland
Green Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland
North Marine is engaged to salvage the 1954 underwater observatory from Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef and tow it to the Port of Cairns in Queensland. Client: Quicksilver Group - Great Adventures Scope of Work North Marine was contracted to Project Manage this complex operation. It included salvaging the structure from the ocean floor, transporting it to Cairns by barge and overseeing demolition. The experienced commercial diving department at North Marine successfully executed the salvage and removal of the submerged observatory, located at Green Island out of Cairns. North Marine's divers excavated the partially-buried underwater structure, following complex environmental planning and stakeholder consultations. The observatory was then towed onboard a barge to the mainland, where historic parts of the structure were retained by Great Adventures staff prior to demolition. In situ since 1954, underwater dredging was required to dislodge the 38-ton-weight. It was floated by lift bags, maneuvered and lifted by crane onto a barge for towage to the mainland. Divers then cleared 2 tons of debris from the site, including 44-gallon drums & steel railway track 'weights'. North Marine successfully completed the contract with all project objectives delivered in full. The best outcome was achieved for the client. A Key Piece of Queensland Tourism History It is with a sad heart and happy memories that North Marine undertook the massive task of deconstruction and marine salvage of the iconic 1954 Underwater Observatory at Green Island. Discriminators Local SME business using a local FNQ workforce Established operating within environmental controls of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park ISO accredited. Applicable insurance to complete works Adept at delivering logistically complex & remote projects A fleet of suitable charter vessels to perform works Experienced project managers and key personnel Established co-ordinating with stakeholders & contractors Outcome North Marine successfully completed the contract with all project objectives delivered in full. The best outcome was achieved for the client. Download Case Study 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