Tropical Cyclone & Severe Weather Evacuation Assistance for Vessels in Cairns Marlin Marina

North Marine provides marina evacuation assistance in the Port of Cairns in the event of forecasted severe weather, tropical cyclones and closures directed by the Regional Harbour Master.

Client:  Private, Commercial & Tourism Operators / Owners

Scope of Work: Cairns Marlin Marina Evacuation Assistance

When the Regional Harbour Master issues a ‘Red Alert’, destructive winds are forecast, and the Cairns Port is closed.

Upon the Harbour Master’s directive to evacuate Cairns Marlin Marina or other areas of Cairns Port, North Marine can be engaged to assist with relocating vessels to their designated area of shelter.

Our workboats and crew can tow unmanned vessels, and assist those under power, in preparation for a Red Alert. 

Additionally, North Marine inspects the condition of existing boat moorings and can install cyclone moorings in preparation for severe weather.

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 During Tropical Cyclone Kimi

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.

In this video, see the North Marine tugboat in Cairns, ‘Gulf Explorer’, followed by workboat ‘Viking’, maneuvering the red barge away from the wharf. The barge is relocated to a protected cyclone mooring further upstream in the harbour evacuation mandated by the Cairns Regional Harbour Master in preparation for tropical cyclone Kimi.

This incredible video was captured by Jim Bradley of Edge Smartech.

Vessel cyclone preparation and marina evacuation in Cairns Port, Cairns Harbour Queensland

Tropical Cyclone Kimi – False Alarm

As severe weather is not uncommon in Far North Queensland, Cairns harbour 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 all Cairns Regional Harbour Master’s directives.


North Marine successfully assists vessel owners & operators in the Port of Cairns to secure the safety of their assets during annual severe weather events.

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Extreme Weather Warning – Red alert for vessels in the Port of Cairns, Queensland

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).

We strongly advise all boat owners and operators to familiarise themselves with the Extreme Weather Plan for your area.

» Cairns Extreme Weather Event Contingency Plan 2023/2024 (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. However, they are 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.

Visit the Bureau of Meteorology website for up-to-date forecasts on marine weather conditions, tidal conditions, wind and coastal warnings.

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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, we can help you move your vessel safely to your preferred location.

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* Banner photograph, courtesy of Ports North

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