Charter Vessel

Tug Boat ‘Gulf Explorer’ 2B

  • Harbour Towage
  • Long-Range Ocean Towage
  • Offshore Support & Offshore Supply
  • Barge Mobilisation
  • Tug Assist & Tug Escort Operations
  • Vessel Tow & Marine Relocations
  • Pontoon Towage, Installation & Relocation
  • Helipad Towage & Relocation
  • Crew Transfer Vessel / Pilot Transfer
    (Endorsed ‘COVID-Safe’ Transport Provider)
  • Launch Service
  • Cargo, Freight & Fuel Supply Transfer
  • Remote Area Logistics
  • Fully Fitted Liveaboard Charter
  • Tug Boat Charter for hire from Cairns, Queensland


About The Vessel

The ‘Gulf Explorer’ is a 25-meter tugboat charter vessel in AMSA class 2B survey.

Gulf Explorer is well suited to a range of support vessel and marine towage requirements. With a 35-ton bollard pull capability, 3-ton load and cruising capacity of over ten thousand nautical miles.

With ample deck space, a 30 meter³ deck hold, hydraulic crane and liveaboard accommodation that can carry up to 16 workers and sleep 10.

Suited to both harbour and offshore marine support, she is available for long-term charter and occasional workboat hire.

A range of marine equipment is available for hire in conjunction with the tugboat Gulf Explorer. These include a landing barge, various support vessels, a walk-in fridge & freezer, additional fuel cells etc.


Commercial Tugboat Vessel Specifications
Tugboat 2B Charter Vessel

Monohull steel tugboat for hire – for marine towage or as an offshore support vessel.

Registration No 29089QB

O.N 344009

IMO No 7207217

Gross Tonnage 158.58 tonnes

Place of Survey Cairns, Queensland Australia

Vessel ‘Gulf Explorer’ Survey No 14036

Survey AMSA Full Class 2B Survey, 16 Person Anywhere within the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)

Vessel Length 25.60 Meter

Breadth 7.82 Meter

Draft 4.19 Meter

Tow Bollard Pull 30-Ton Marine Tug Bollard

Speed 8-10 Knots

Deck Equipment

Deck hold Large dry deck hold 30m³ with marine crane access

Hydraulic Crane 9.0 meter reach; 2-ton at 2.0 meters

Marine Tugboat Anchors 2 x stockless anchors

Windlass Hydraulic, twin gypsy, drum end

Winch Marine Tow Recovery Winch

Marine Towing winch 1 x hydraulic marine towing with split drum 1 x hydraulic capstan

Marine Tow Hook Fitted with quick release

Fuel Burn

130 litres per hour at 9 knots

70 litres per hour at 6 knots

Tank Capacities

Fuel 43.89 tonnes

Freshwater 12.55 tonnes

Desalinator 120 litres per hour

Liveaboard Accomodation

10 berth, fully air-conditioned liveaboard accommodation – Suitable for local and offshore personnel / crew transfer / crew accommodation / offshore workers accommodation

Fully air-conditioned interior

Fully equipped galley; stove, oven, fridge/freezers, microwave, cold water fountain, auto boil, S/S BBQ

Mess with TV & film library

Washing machine & dryer

2 hot and cold showers

2 x toilets (Class A sullage system)

Tug Accommodation Berths 2 x 1 Berth, 2 x 2 Berth, 1 x 4 Berth

Navigation / Communication Equipment

Radar Koden MD 3441

Compass Sestrel

Auto Pilot TMQ Bosun AP9

Echo Sounders Furuno LS4100 / SIMRAD NSS12

V.H.F. Radio Icom IC M304 – IVGME 3 x Handheld VHFs

G.P.S. Garmin GPS Map 550 / SIMRAD NSS12

Side Scan Sonar Simrad NSS12

Satellite Phone Iridium

Vessel Engine Room

Main Engines 2 x Blackstone ESL8 Mk2 736kw

Gearboxes 2 x Eisenwerke Reinjes WAV1251 Reduction: 5: 1

Propellers 9′ approx Shaft: 8″ approx

Auxiliary 1 x Lister 6 cylinder x 40KVA 3 Phase 1 x John Deere 55KVA 3 Phase

Air Compressor 2 x Stenhoj H-6-Block 2 air banks

Warning Devices Main engine oil pressure and temperature gauges and alarms. Bilge and fire alarms.

Steering Gear Hydraulic, fixed nozzle, conventional rudders

Bilge/Fire 2 x KL Pegson to manifold

Fuel Pumps 1 x 100LPM fuel transfer pump 1 x 100LPM portable/diesel driven


Safety Equipment To full AMSA 2B requirements

Liferaft 1 x 16 person Seasava

Extras (Available Upon Request)

Dumb Barge

14 cuft Bauer HP Dive compressor

65 cuft LP Air compressor with 100m x ¾” hose (non-breathe)

8.0m Aluminium landing barge with bow door

3,000-litre fuel cells

6.5m Aluminium “Duck” workboat for hire in AMSA survey for 12 pax

4.5m inflatable RIB workboat for hire

Dinghies various

Dry Laboratory / Stowage Room. Air-conditioned workers room – suitable for an onsite office, dry laboratory or can sleep 6-persons. Size 3 meters x 2 meters x 3 meters

2 x 1,500 litres Aluminium Portable Fuel Cell

Tugboat Charter Rates

North Marine offer both hourly and daily tugboat charter rates, in line with competitive industry standards.

Charter rates include time loading and unloading, voyage time, and duration at the worksite.

If required, use of our hi-ab truck or dogman and franna crane may incur additional charges.

To discuss a tugboat charter, please contact [email protected]

A full pricing schedule may be requested, by contacting us.


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North Marine Vessel Charters

Based in Cairns Queensland, our charter vessels work anywhere inside of the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone EEZ.

We offer competitive industry rates for workboat charters throughout the Pacific Ocean, tailoring solutions to any project on the water.


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