Tug Boat Assist for Bulk Carrier Ocean Crossing

Tug Boat Assist for Bulk Carrier Ocean Crossing

The Torres Strait

Scope of Work North Marine was tasked to provide a tug boat assist to a 180-meter, 25,000 gross ton cargo bulk carrier, the 'M.V. Funing'. Our tug assisted its voyage from Bligh Entrance through the Prince of Wales Channel in Queensland's Torres Strait. Project Brief - Tugboat Assist The North Marine tug boat 'Gulf Explorer' mobilised to the Torres Strait from the Port of Cairns, Queensland. From here, she assisted with the ship's tug escort, taking up the stern tow position. An 80-meter super tug took up the forward tow position. The Gulf Explorer's tug escort voyage involved transiting through a narrow passage of the Great Barrier Reef. Commencing at Bligh Entrance, near Bramble Cay, the tow assist passed via the Prince of Wales Channel in the Torres Strait. The Gulf Explorer's role is to assist the bulk carrier in holding straight throughout the voyage, limiting yawing during the ocean crossing. Project Outcome The M.V Funning made its transit safely and on schedule. The crossing was successful with no delays.

April 7, 2021

Tug Boat Assist for Bulk Carrier Ocean Crossing
Vessel Evacuation from Cairns Marlin Marina | Severe Weather Warning

Cairns Marlin Marina, Queensland

Marina Evacuation Assistance Of Cairns Port During Cyclone Warning Watch as vessels are evacuated to safer moorings up Cairns Trinity Inlet, from Cairns Marlin Marina. 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 towboats and barges from the Cairns Marina. Here, see the North Marine tug boat ‘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 Marlin 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). Extreme Weather Event Contingency Plan Cairns – 2020/2021 (PDF, 183 KB) 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. Visit the Bureau of Meteorology website for up to date forecasts on marine weather conditions, tidal conditions, wind and coastal warnings. 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. 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 Tug Boat Charter Cyclone Mooring Installation

January 28, 2021

Vessel Evacuation from Cairns Marlin Marina | Severe Weather Warning
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