Marine Towage & Tugboat Charters in Queensland, Australia

Marine Towage & Tugboat Charters in Queensland, Australia

North Marine’s fleet of tugboats and tug charter services work throughout Australia and the Pacific. Based in Cairns, Queensland, our expert crew are ready to assist you. To view the entire North Marine fleet, click here.

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Tugboat Charter Services

  • Harbour Tugs
  • Long-Range / Ocean Tugboats
  • Tug & Barge Combinations
  • Marine Towage / Asset Relocation
  • Tug Assist & Tug Escort Charters
  • Pontoon Towage, Installation & Disconnection
  • Helipad Towage & Relocation Services
  • Barge Mobilisation

Reliable Tugboat Company in Queensland, Australia

Our tugboat charters are tailored to your project needs. We guarantee a timely service with excellent communication throughout your relationship with North Marine.

As an ISO-accredited operator, your assets are in safe hands.

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Tugboat Charter Rates

Competitive tugboat charter rates in Australia

For our charter vessel rates, please contact North Marine

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At North Marine, we offer competitive hourly, daily, and long-term tugboat charter rates in line with industry standards.

Our tug charter rates incorporate wharf time and voyage time.

Where applicable, use of North Marine’s roll-on-roll-off ramp and private wharf, North Wharf in the Port of Cairns, is also included – for loading and cargo deliveries.

Contact us for tugboat rates and availability.


Tugboat Company - Tug & Barge Hire Combinations

Tug and barge configurations

North Marine charters a variety of tug and barge combinations

Including, but not limited to, dumb barge charters, landing barges and spud barges for hire from Cairns.

Furthermore, at North Marine, we can source tug & barge combinations to fulfil most project requirements.

If you can not see the vessel type, tug, or barge you require on our website, please do not hesitate to contact us. Not all assets are currently listed online.

Our workboats are based in the Port of Cairns and operate throughout Australia and the Pacific Ocean.

Primary service areas include North Queensland, the Torres Strait and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

All towage and tugboat services are tailored to suit individual project requirements.

Contact us, here, to discuss your needs or view our workboat charter fleet:

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Marine Support In Cairns Port

Supplementary marine services in the Port of Cairns, Australia

North Wharf in Port of Cairns, Queensland

North Wharf in the Port of Cairns is the waterfront yard and marine facility of North Marine.

At approximately 2800 meter square, there’s ample space for freight, cargo, machinery or container storage, and large storage shed facilities.

There is deep water access on all tides and a ramp for roll-on-roll-off barge operations.

Furthermore, North Wharf offers wharf access for loading and unloading, shore power, and has moorings in the Cairns harbour inlet.

North Marine also has large storage facilities at the company headquarters in Cairns City.

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Charter Vessels, Marine Plant & Equipment

North Marine has a diverse fleet of workboats, charter vessels and marine plant and equipment available for hire.

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Tugboat Hire, Gulf Explorer

About the tugboat for hire, Gulf Explorer

Charter Tugboat, Gulf Explorer

Tugboat Charter Vessel Hire, Cairns Queensland Australia

The Gulf Explorer is a 25-meter charter tugboat with a 20-ton bollard pull and a cruising capacity of over three thousand nautical miles.

Her size and range make her well suited for long-range ocean towage jobs and harbour tugboat work.

Onboard is a hydraulic crane, and various optional extra equipment is available. These include tug and barge combinations (landing barge hire, dumb barge hire, spud barge, etc.), air compressors, a walk-in fridge/freezer, and a variety of support vessels.

The Gulf Explorer tug is in class 2B Survey of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

There is ample deck space and a 30m³ dry deck hold for cargo.

Accommodation can carry 16 persons and berth 10.

The Gulf Explorer tugboat is based in the Port of Cairns, Australia and can work anywhere within Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

Contact us for up-to-date details, rates and availability for all charter tugs, here.


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North Marine – Tugboat Company in Cairns Port, Australia

Talk to an expert at North Marine for your tug and barge charter needs in Australia.

North Marine provides tug & barge combinations to fulfil most project requirements. If you can not see the vessel, tug, or barge you require on our website, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Vessels are crewed by experienced Masters, mates, engineers and deckhands – with applicable pilotage exemptions where required.

Our workboats operate inside the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Primary areas include North Queensland, the Torres Strait and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Tugboat Charter Rates & Vessel Specifications

Rates and availability for our marine tugs, barges and support vessels are provided upon enquiry.

Specification sheets for tugs, barges and workboats are available for download on each vessel page. See Charter Vessels for the full range of workboats for hire.

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