MARINA EVACUATION ASSISTANCE
Watch as vessels are evacuated to safer moorings up Cairns Trinity Inlet, from Cairns Marlin Marina.
The severe weather warning issued for the impending Tropical Cyclone Kimi saw ‘all hands on deck’ as the crew of North Marine assisted vessels to brace for the storm. Crews worked into the night and the following day to towboats and barges from the Cairns Marina.
Here, see the North Marine tug boat ‘Gulf Explorer’, followed by workboat ‘Viking’, maneuvering the red barge away from the wharf to a protected cyclone mooring further upstream.
This incredible video was captured by Jim Bradley, of ‘Edge Smartech’. ( Edge Smartech Website: https://orders.tbsd.com.au/ )
Tropical Cyclone False Alarm
As severe weather is not uncommon in Far North Queensland, marina users are familiar with marina evacuations. Fortunately, this time, the unpredictable Tropical Cyclone Kimi decided to avoid the shore.
During a tropical cyclone weather warning, users of the Cairns Marlin Marina must adhere to the Cairns Regional Harbour Master’s directives.
Extreme Weather Warning – Red Alert
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).
Visit the Bureau Of Meteorology for Cairns Queensland Weather Updates
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.
Harbour Evacuation Assistance – Vessel Relocation Service to Far North Queensland
North Marine is a Cairns-based, marine services company. We offer vessel relocation services, including harbour evacuation assistance to Far North Queensland vessel owners.
If you may require your vessel to be relocated in the event of a mandatory harbour evacuation order, North Marine can assist. Please contact us if you need assistance or towage of your vessel.
In the event of a harbour evacuation, if you direct us to do so, we can help you move your vessel safely to your preferred location.
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*Image of an evacuated Cairns Marlin Marina’s empty berths during a cyclone warning, courtesy of Ports North.
*Video of vessels moving from Cairns Marlin Marina up Trinity Inlet to their cyclone moorings, provided with many thanks by Jim Bradley, of ‘Edge Smartech’. Edge Smartech Website: https://orders.tbsd.com.au/