Marine Support Company in Queensland Australia

North Marine is an industry-leading Marine Services Contractor. Providing safe and effective solutions to deliver the best results for our clients.

Our mission is to support productivity. We work together with you, to ensure your project runs with streamlined efficiency.

About Us – Experts In Marine Contracting

Over 30 years, the North Marine fleet has expanded to deliver a range of Marine Towage, Commercial Dive, Workboat Hire and Offshore Supply services.

Based in Queensland, we operate throughout the Pacific inside of the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Accordingly, our primary service area covers Australia’s East Coast, extending north into the Torres Strait and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

North Marine (formerly Tim North Marine) changed ownership in 2019. It is now owned and operated by two Australian maritime families – the current generation of seafarers.

Joint-owners Courtney Hansen and Ben Hales have dedicated their careers to the maritime industry.

Industry-Leading Marine Contractor in Australia

As a rule, we deliver practical, working solutions with a time-conscious approach.

Above all, our mission is to support productivity across the marine sector.

We employ accredited safety protocols and responsible environmental practices in a culture of efficiency and reliability.

As a result, we work closely with government agencies, private owners, commercial operators and shipping agents. This delivers streamlined services throughout your interactions with North Marine.

Our Clients

Clients include both the Federal and Queensland Government – where we hold long-term recurring contracts with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). We work closely with shipping agents and tour operators across the Great Barrier Reef for their infrastructure and support vessel requirements. (View client testimonials here).

Consequently, North Marine’s outstanding record and reputation have us planning, working and completing projects across a range of Marine Industries – often in challenging and remote locations.


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Our Values

First and foremost, we are a network of dedicated seafaring mariners. A passion for the ocean and the industries it supports is at the core of North Marine.

As a conscientious marine contractor in Australia, we commit to sustainable practices.

Furthermore, in 2014 we attained ‘Advanced Eco Certification’ and ‘Climate Action Business’ accreditations. Because we work hard to sustain these ratings, we continue to improve.

North Marine aims to protect and promote awareness around ocean conservation and Great Barrier Reef initiatives. For more information on the climate action program, click here.


We’d love to share more about what we do with you. Visit our commitment to Sustainable Practices’ page to learn more.

Company Story – Marine Contractor in Australia

Company History

Formerly ‘Tim North Marine’, North Marine was re-named in 2020.

Founded by renowned mariner and businessman Tim North, an exceptional company grew from a love of the Pacific Ocean and a desire for businesses to thrive in their field. With this in mind, the company was instrumental in implementing positive changes to protect and showcase Australia’s natural assets, including the Great Barrier Reef. Importantly, this included working closely with both the Queensland Government and the private sectors. This solidified our reputation as “The Great Barrier Reef, Boat Mooring Specialists”.

Tim was active in encouraging boat moorings to be installed across the Great Barrier Reef. Subsequently, boat mooring installation, supply and maintenance still form a cornerstone of our marine services, commercial dive business.

To date, over six hundred boat mooring systems and reef pontoons have been installed or maintained by North Marine across Australia, the Torres Strait and the Pacific Ocean.

Today, our workboat fleet includes a range of marine towage, offshore supply, dive and support vessels.

Meet the North Marine Management Team

Highly respected throughout the industry for their depth of knowledge and expertise are our joint-owners and Directors, Courtney and Ben. They will be your primary point of contact.

“Expanding infrastructure across the whole of the Pacific and Great Barrier Reef regions makes it an exciting time for the industry. As part of a network of local and national mariners, North Marine is at the forefront of a community working together to ensure Australia is a leader in its field.” – Ben Hales, owner-operator.

Owner & Director – Courtney Hansen

About Us ǀ Tim North Marine ǀ Meet the Team, Courtney Hansen ǀ Tug Boat Charters ǀ Boat Mooring Installations ǀ Boat Mooring Supplies Australia

Courtney Hansen is an experienced Master IV Skipper, Diver and Operations Manager, with thirteen years experience in the marine services industry and nine years in the commercial sector. Under the previous owner, Courtney was a key crew member of Tim North Marine, working alongside Tim before becoming an owner. Her knowledge of all facets of the industry is second to none.

Courtney started her career in charter fishing and as a dive boat Captain. Courtney was the first-ever, permanent female Captain for Northern Australia’s largest freight shipping company. During her time there, Courtney was Ships Master of a 50-meter, 1300-ton landing barge, operating throughout the Eastern Seaboard, Torres Strait, Gulf of Carpentaria and Darwin.

In 2015 Courtney won the “Llyod List, Young Maritime Professional of the Year” award for achievements in the industry.


Owner & Director – Ben Hales

About Us ǀ Tim North Marine ǀ Meet the Team Ben Hales ǀ Tug Boat Charters ǀ Boat Mooring Installations ǀ Boat Mooring Supplies Australia

Ben Hales is an experienced Master IV Skipper, Marine Engineer and Diver with extensive industry experience.

During Ben’s career, he has worked across the mining sector, shipping, commercial diving, tourism and superyacht industries. As a result of managing teams of over 80 crew, Ben has first-hand experience of the marine industry’s support requirements. 

As an owner, Bens primary role is on-site project management and vessel Master.





Commercial Dive Supervisor – Ryan Kobelt

About Us ǀ Tim North Marine ǀ Meet the Team, Ryan Kobalt ǀ Tug Boat Charters ǀ Boat Mooring Installations ǀ Boat Mooring Supplies AustraliaRyan joined the North Marine family in 2015 as an ADAS Commercial Diver. As the occupational Dive Supervisor, Ryan oversees the Commercial Dive division. Ryan is an experienced Master V Skipper and MED 1. Ryan’s extensive resume of contracts includes fly-in-fly-out assignments for the gas and oil industries and many commercial-diving infrastructure projects.

Ryan supervises the installation and maintenance of moorings across the Great Barrier Reef region of QLD with North Marine.





Website & Administration – Lucy Davies

About Us ǀ Tim North Marine ǀ Meet the Team, Lucy Davies ǀ Tug Boat Charters ǀ Boat Mooring Installations ǀ Boat Mooring Supplies AustraliaLucy’s career spans the marine tourism and marine administration industries. With North Marine, Lucy’s role is website management and administration.




Marine Support Company Operating in Queensland During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We are maintaining our shipping activities and service delivery, including marine support services; marine pilotage launch service; Great Barrier Reef tow services; commercial dive operations and vessel charters.

Strict biosecurity monitoring, processes and procedures are followed for all company operarions.

Furthermore, North Marine are the only approved ‘COVID Safe’ crew transfer company with a base in the Port of Cairns, on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.

Learn more about our COVID-Safe, Government Approved Crew Transfer Vessel, here