Crew Transfer Vessel & Ship Launch Service

Crew Transfer Vessel & Ship Launch Service

24-hour crew transfer vessel & comprehensive ship launch service in North Queensland.

Our launch service operates from The Port of Cairns and The Port of Mackay.

We have the capacity to deliver to all vessel types. This includes, but is not limited to, tankers, container ships, bulk carriers, cargo ships, cruise liners and fishing fleet vessels.

Furthermore, we can assist with options for a vessel launch from most North Queensland Ports, including Port Kennedy (Thursday Island), Port of Townsville, Port of Weipa, Port of Kurumba, Torres Strait and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Launch & Crew Transfer Services

Vessel Launch

  • Food & Beverage Provisioning
  • Machinery / Parts
  • Cargo / Freight
  • General Goods
  • Fuel Re-Supply

Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV)

  • Personnel & Crew To/From Ship, Barge, Shore
  • Marine Pilot Transfer & Pilot Launch
  • Marine Technician Or Specialist Personnel Transfer
  • Launch Service For Australian & International Seafarers
  • COVID Testing Crew Aboard A Vessel *

Timely, Professional Launch Support

We pride ourselves on punctual turn-around times and excellent communication.

Schedule your crew transfer vessel or sea launch service


* North Marine may act as a transport provider only for a doctor or health professional and accept no responsibility for COVID testing. See special conditions for COVID-safe ship transfers, below.


Frequently Asked Questions

Crew Transfer Vessel Rates

What's included in our crew transfer vessel rates and sea launch service rates?

For a full pricing schedule, contact North Marine



North Marine offer hourly and daily crew transfer vessel rates, in line with industry standards.

Our rates include time loading and unloading transferring crew, machinery or provisions. Quotes incorporate loading time at the wharf, unloading to the ship and transit times to and from a vessel, and are subject to change.

Use of our hi-ab crane-truck or dogman and franna crane may incur additional charges.

All charter boat rates can be requested by contacting [email protected]

Facilities Onboard Our Crew Transfer Vessels (CTV’s)

What facilities are onboard our crew transfer vessels?

All crew transfer vessels (CTVs) have a fully air-conditioned interior for passenger comfort.

Vessels can accommodate up to 12 or 14 passengers per transit/boat.*

Launch boats are equipped with standard facilities – including a full galley, tea and coffee.

Berths are available for transiting crew on extended operations and where COVID-safety procedures dictate.

* Special conditions may vary for social distancing requirements on COVID-safe ship transfers. (See below for more information).

Sea Launch Service From Cairns Port, Queensland

Machinery, equipment & freight launch service capabilities

Launch Boat – Gulf Explorer

Our launch vessel, Gulf Explorer, has ample deck space to accommodate your cargo requirements.

She is equipped with a 30meter³ hold for additional cargo/stores, with the option for an on-deck walk-in fridge/freezer unit to store refrigerated provisions.

Launch Boat – Viking

The crew transfer vessel, Viking, can accommodate moderate amounts of cargo. She is primarily deployed as a crew transfer vessel in Cairns Port.

Launch Service Area

We transfer goods by sea anywhere inside the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Our primary operating ports are The Port of Cairns and The Port of Mackay.

Upon request, we can discuss options for ocean launch services from other North Queensland Ports, including the Torres Strait.


Delivery Storage Facilities

We have a large marine storage warehouse in the Cairns City business district and a waterfront marine facility in Cairns Port, North Wharf.

Our ample waterfront tenure has 2800m² of land, with indoor and outdoor storage space.

We may take and store deliveries of engine parts, freight and general cargo ready for transport to your ship.

Contact us to discuss storage and delivery availability and logistics.


Port of Cairns - Launch Support - Vessel Types Supported

View the shipping vessels that North Marine has the capacity to serve

North Marine’s launch service can deliver from Cairns Port, Queensland to all vessel types.

Vessels include, but are not limited to:

  • Launch Service to Tankers
  • Launch Service to Container Ships
  • Launch Service to Bulk Carriers
  • Launch Service to Cargo Ships
  • Launch Service to Cruise Liners
  • Launch Service to Fishing Vessels

Whether you’re a ship owner, operator or ship agent, we ensure a streamlined and efficient experience.

Refuelling Service

Transfer of fuel and other hazardous substances

North Marine can supply fuel to vessels and offshore locations.

Our launch vessels may transport and/or transfer fuel from ship to ship, while adhering to strict guidelines and procedures.

There are several conditions for each fuel resupply service.


Please contact our offices for more information on refuelling offshore and refuelling in the Great Barrier Reef region.



COVID Testing Onboard Your Ship

COVID-testing crew aboard transiting ships in Queensland waters

COVID-Testing For Crew Onboard Your Ship

COVID-testing crew onboard transiting ships may help avoid costly delays.

Doctor Launch Service to Ship in Queensland for COVID testing CrewNorth Marine will transport a doctor directly to your ship to conduct COVID testing. * This is a service offered to all vessels in Queensland.

We can transfer a doctor to your vessel to conduct COVID testing before arriving at its next Port in Australia.

Ships owners and agents can request COVID testing as part of your safety management and risk management protocol.

Furthermore, Government authorities may mandate testing aboard a vessel if any crew have been showing symptoms.

Queensland Health, Biosecurity Queensland (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries), or Australian Border Force (customs) may apply this measure.

* North Marine acts as a transport provider only for a doctor/health professional and accepts no responsibility for testing or results.

See the links provided below for further information.


Contact us to organise COVID-19 testing from Cairns before entering an Australian Port or crossing international and domestic borders into Queensland.


COVID-Safe Crew Transport Provider

Government Endorsed 'COVID-Safe Transport Provider' Company in Cairns Port

North Marine is an approved ‘COVID-Safe’ crew transfer vessel company with a base in the Port of Cairns, on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.

Stringent biosecurity monitoring, processes and procedures are followed to transfer both ship personnel and any medical staff.

COVID-safe protocols for the transit voyage are dictated by Queensland Health and reviewed by the Regional Harbour Master.

Request our COVID-safe passenger transfer SWI for details on transferring quarantined persons from a ship via a North Marine CTV.


Contact us to schedule your crew transfer vessel


Queensland Border Restrictions During COVID-19

Will a ships freight, equipment and crew be able to cross the border into Queensland given COVID-19?

All ships must comply with federal, state or territory health directions.

This includes crew movements, isolation and social distancing requirements.

Domestic crew, equipment and freight, along with foreign-flagged ships, may enter Queensland after obtaining the relevant permissions from the applicable authorities.


COVID-Safe Endorsed Transport Provider

North Marine is a Government-endorsed, ‘COVID-Safe Transport Provider’.

If required, North Marine can transport a doctor directly to your ship to conduct COVID testing.

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