Shipping Support Based in The Port of Cairns

Shipping Support Based in The Port of Cairns

Shipping Support in Cairns Port, Queensland Australia

North Marine offer support to the shipping industry – North Queensland.

With two bases in Cairns, our capable fleet of support vessels can mobilise and deliver a broad scope of services anywhere within the EEZ.

North Marine is a private company offering independent contractor services from the Port of Cairns to ships voyaging Queensland waters.

Ship Support Services

  • Vessel Launch Service – Cargo, Equipment, Re-Supply etc
  • Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV’s)
  • Towage
  • Crew COVID Testing*
  • Two large marine storage facilities in Cairns
  • Tugboat Charters inc. Tug Escort & Tug Assist in Queensland waters
  • Marine Consultancy for Cairns, North Queensland & Torres Strait
  • Dive Support
  • Invasive Marine Species, Hull Risk-Assessment Survey
  • Underwater Vessel/Hull Inspection
  • Hardware Fabrication (Welding, Ropes etc.)
  • Marine Plant & Equipment Rental
  • Sourcing & Transportation of Machinery & Equipment

Shipping Support – Marine Contractor in Australia

North Marine deliver efficient and professional support to ship owners, ship operators and ship’s agents.

Vessels include but are not limited to: tankers, container ships, bulk carriers, cargo ships, cruise liners, fishing fleet vessels and superyachts.

Contact us to schedule your support


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


Information and Services

Support Vessel Rates

For a full pricing schedule, contact North Marine



North Marine offers hourly and daily support vessel rates, from the Port of Cairns, in line with industry standards.

Our charter vessel rates include time loading and unloading, transferring crew, machinery or provisions, or time at the worksite / on charter – as applicable.

Detailed quotes and availability are available upon enquiry.

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

All support charter rates can be requested by contacting

Launch Service From Cairns Port, Queensland

Launch Service Capabilities

North Marine’s launch service delivers to all vessel types. This includes, but is not limited to, tankers, container ships, bulk carriers, cargo ships, cruise liners and fishing fleet vessels.

Ship Launch Boat – Gulf Explorer

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

Equipped with a 30meter³ hold for cargo, freight and stores, with optional on-deck walk-in fridge/freezer unit for refrigerated provision transfers.

Ship Launch Boat – Viking

Crew transfer vessel, Viking, can accommodate moderate cargo quantities. She is primarily deployed as a crew transfer vessel from Cairns Port.

Launch Service Area – Queensland Waters

North Marine’s launch service covers vessels traversing Queensland waters, anywhere inside the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Primary operating areas are from 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.

North Marine launch service includes, but is not limited to:

  • Tankers
  • Container Ships
  • Bulk Carrier Vessels
  • Cargo Ships
  • Cruise Liners
  • Fishing Fleet Vessels
  • Superyachts


COVID Testing Onboard Your Ship

COVID-Testing For Crew Onboard Your Ship

North Marine can facilitate COVID-testing for crew onboard transiting ships, from the Port of Cairns. This can avoid delays when arriving at your next Australian Port. (See below for further information).

Strict safety processes and procedures are in place for all company operations.

Doctor Launch Service to Ship in Queensland for COVID testing CrewNorth Marine can transport a qualified doctor or health professional directly to your ship to conduct COVID-testing.*

COVID-testing prior to arriving at your next Port in Australia may avoid delays, in certain circumstances.

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) reserve the right to enforce this measure.

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

See the links provided below for further information on COVID-19, shipping and seafarers in Queensland waters.


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


Deliveries & Storage Facilities in Cairns

Our warehouse and large storage facility are located in the Cairns City business district.

North Marine can take and store engine parts, freight, and general cargo deliveries ready for transport to your ship.

Furthermore, North Marine vessels operate out of our waterfront premises in Cairns Port ‘North Wharf’. Our ample waterfront tenure has a large 2800m² of land.

Contact us to discuss availability and logistics.


Facilities Onboard Our Crew Transfer Vessels (CTV’s)

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

Vessels can accommodate up to either 12 passengers or 14 passengers per crew 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 vary for social distancing requirements on COVID-safe ship transfers. (See below for more information).

Endorsed 'COVID-Safe Transport Provider' Company in the Port of Cairns

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.

Click here to learn more about Queensland Government Endorsed Transport Providers.

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

Quarantined Crew

In cases of carrying COVID-quarantined persons for a crew transfer, North Marine’s launch vessel Gulf Explorer can carry up to 5 quarantined passengers, each in their own separate cabin.

Crew transfer vessel Viking can transfer up to 4 quarantined persons spaced 1.5m apart.

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 in the Port of Cairns


Covid-19 Resources for Seafarers in Australia

Links to Covid-19 Information & Resources for Seafarers in Australia

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

These include crew movements, isolation and social distancing requirements.

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

Follow the links provided below for more information:












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