Harbour Evacuation Assistance in the Port Of Cairns

Harbour Evacuation Assistance in the Port Of Cairns

Where severe weather is concerned, preparation is key.

Vessel Towage & Marina Evacuation Assistance for Cairns Port

North Marine is a Cairns-based marine support company. We offer vessel relocation services, including harbour evacuation assistance and towage services in Far North Queensland.

Boat owners, operators and agents who require assistance when the Port of Cairns is under an evacuation order or ‘Red Alert’ may contact us to arrange a tow of their craft.

If you direct us to do so, we will help you move your vessel safely to your designated location within Cairns Port.

Furthermore, North Marine offers a range of Commercial Diving Services. We install cyclone moorings and inspect the condition of existing moorings in preparation for severe weather.

We also have a spacious waterfront marine facility, “North Wharf”, in Trinity Inlet, that is able to store small watercraft out of the water when required and have 3 cyclone moorings suitable for large commercial vessels.

Your Marine Support Contractor of Choice

If you direct us to do so, we can assist you to move your vessel safely to your designated location in the event of a harbour/marina evacuation order. Please get in touch with our office to discuss the location of your craft, access, towage requirements and other important information.

Having a cyclone-ready plan in place is critical for the safety of your asset.

Contact us if you require towage of a vessel

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* Evacuated Cairns Marlin Marina photograph, courtesy of Ports North


 

Video – Marina Evacuation in the Port of Cairns

Watch closely for the red barge and some tugboat maneuvering by the North Marine crew on vessels ‘Gulf Explorer’ and ‘Viking’.

This fantastic video captures the evacuation of the Port of Cairns, Marlin Marina vessels, to safer moorings up the Cairns Trinity Inlet.

The evacuation followed orders under the Regional Harbour Masters directive for cyclone Kimi. Big thanks to Jim Bradley of ‘Edge Smartech’ for capturing the action!  ( Edge Smartech Website: https://orders.tbsd.com.au/ )

Harbour Evacuation Information

6 Ways To Prepare For Impending Tropical Cyclones

6 Ways To Prepare For Impending Tropical Cyclones

Have a PLAN  –  Get PREPARED  –  OBEY Directions

  1. Read the Extreme Weather Contingency Plan for your area.
  2. Check boat moorings are well maintained with an up-to-date inspection – click here for more info
  3. Know the location that you will shelter your vessel in cyclonic weather, and check that it’s fit-for-purpose
  4. Revise your ‘extreme weather emergency plan’ – including essential contacts and procedures
  5. Know who will move your vessel in the event of a mandatory evacuation and ready equipment such as spare rope – click here for more info
  6. Charge boat batteries, remove loose items, secure hatches and ensure watertight integrity.

North Marine can assist with steps 2, 3 and 5. Don’t hesitate to contact our experienced crew for assistance or if you have any questions about how we may help.

Contact us for assistance, advice or to move a vessel

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Severe weather preparation - Links to useful websites and resources

Being prepared is essential to ensuring the safety of your vessel/s.

You can find Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) Extreme Weather Event Contingency Plans here.

Marine weather forecasts predict major weather events such as cyclones and severe weather such as high winds and surge.

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

Prepare your vessel for severe weather in advance, know your Cyclone & Severe Weather Emergency Plan, and ensure that a well-maintained, cyclone-secure mooring is available and fit-for-purpose.

 

» Extreme Weather Event Contingency Plan, Port of Cairns – 2021/2022 (PDF, 410 KB)

Maintaining a vessel mooring - What is required to maintain a boat mooring?

Ensuring your boat mooring is well maintained is as important as installing one.

When you become a Mooring Authority Permit holder, you agree to maintain your boat mooring for the life of your permit.

Most permits require that buoy moorings and apparatus be inspected every year.

You are responsible for ensuring that your boat mooring and tackle remain in good condition, in the approved mooring location and that it can secure the vessel intended for use.

Consider additional mooring inspections:
  • If your naval architect drawing suggests more frequent intervals
  • After every significant weather event
  • Before an anticipated weather event, if an assessment has not been recently conducted
  • If an unauthorized vessel has been on your boat mooring
  • If you notice signs of wear

Signs of wear that indicate your mooring needs to be inspected include, but are not limited to:

  • Rusted Chain
  • Chaffed Rope
  • Worn Shackles
  • Sun-damaged Rope

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

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 – 2021/2022 (PDF, 410 KB)

 

Contact us for assistance, advice or to move a vessel

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Weather Updates - Bureau Of Meteorology for Cairns, Queensland

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.

 

Contact us for assistance, advice or to move a vessel

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About North Marine – Tugboat Company in the Port of Cairns, Australia

North Marine is one of Queensland’s leading marine support contractors.

Our suite of services includes tugboat charters (inc. tug and barge combinations), a commercial dive division, a fleet of support vessels for hire, remote area supply, shipping industry support, superyacht support, and boat mooring/anchor installation.

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