Tugboat Charter

Tugboat Charter 2B
‘Gulf Explorer’

  • Harbour Towage
  • Long-Range & Ocean Towage
  • Barge Mobilisation
  • Cargo, Freight & Fuel Transfer
  • Offshore Support & Offshore Supply

*Up-to-date details, rates and availability for all charter tugboats are provided upon enquiry.

North Marine’s fleet has recently expanded, and not all charter vessels are online. Please contact us if you can’t see the tugboat to suit your project.

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About 2B Charter Tugboat ‘Gulf Explorer’

North Marine’s Gulf Explorer is a 25-meter charter tugboat in AMSA Class 2B survey.

The Gulf Explorer is suitable as a harbour tugboat, for long-range/ocean-going towage and for offshore support charters.

Available for hire alone or with a range of support vessels or tug and barge combinations.

She has a 20-ton bollard pull capacity and a cruising range of over three thousand nautical miles.

There is a large, working deck area, a 30 meter³ deck hold and an onboard hydraulic crane.

Liveaboard accommodation can transport up to 16 workers, with berthage to sleep 10.

Furthermore, she is well-established in delivering to remote areas and conducting offshore supply voyages.

North Marine tugboat services are tailored to your project requirements. Comprehensive work proposals, timely support and exemplary communication are guaranteed.

The Gulf Explorer is available for extended charter operations as well as daily-rate hire.

North Marine is a tugboat company based in the Port of Cairns in Australia. Providing tugboat charters and towage services throughout Australia and the Pacific region.

Tug Vessel Information

Commercial Tugboat Vessel Specifications
Tugboat 2B Charter Vessel

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

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Registration No 29089QB

O.N 344009

IMO No 7207217

Gross Tonnage 158.58 tonnes

Place of Survey Cairns, Queensland Australia

Home Port Port of Cairns, Queensland Australia

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

Survey Number Gulf Explorer Tugboat – Survey No 14036

Vessel Length 25.60 Meter

Breadth 7.82 Meter

Draft 4.19 Meter

Bollard Pull 20-Ton Tug Bollard

Cruising Speed 8 Knots

Deck Equipment

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

Hydraulic Crane 12-ton-meter crane with a 9-meter reach

Marine Tugboat Anchors 2 x stockless anchors

Windlass Hydraulic, twin gypsy, drum end

Marine Towing Winch 1 x hydraulic marine towing with split drum

Marine Tow Hook Fitted with quick release


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Fuel Burn

130 litres per hour at 9 knots

70 litres per hour at 6 knots


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Tank Capacities

Fuel 43.89 tonnes

Freshwater 12.55 tonnes

Desalinator 120 litres per hour


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Tug Liveaboard Accommodation

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

Two 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


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Navigation / Communication Equipment

Radar Furuno SCX20 NMEA 2000

Compass Magnetic & Satellite

Auto Pilot TMQ Bosun AP9

Echo Sounders Furuno LS4100 / SIMRAD NSS12

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

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

Side Scan Sonar Simrad NSS12

Satellite Phone Beam Oceana 800 


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Vessel Engine Room

Main Engines 2 x Blackstone ESL8 Mk2 736kw

Gearboxes 2 x Eisenwerke Reinjes WAV1251 Reduction: 5: 1

Propellers Kort nozzle, fixed pitch

Auxiliary Engines 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 300LPM fuel transfer pump 1 x 300LPM portable/diesel driven


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Safety Equipment To full AMSA 2B requirements

Liferaft 1 x 16 person Seasava


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Extras (Available Upon Request)

Tug & barge charter combinations, upon request (Dumb barge, landing barge, spud barge charter etc.)


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 worker’s room – suitable for an onsite office or dry laboratory. Size 3 meters x 2 meters x 3 meters

2 x 1,500 litres Aluminium Portable Fuel Cell


Exterior Vessel Diagram – North Marine Tugboat Charter

North Marine tugboat charter vessel Gulf Explorer. Exterior diagram. North Marine is a tugboat charter company providing workboat hire from the Port of Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

Main Deck – North Marine Charter Tugboat, Gulf Explorer

Main Deck Vessel Diagram for Gulf Explorer - North Marine tugboat charter vessel in Cairns Queensland Australia


Lower Deck – North Marine Charter Tugboat, Gulf Explorer

Lower Deck Vessel Diagram for Gulf Explorer - North Marine tugboat charter vessel in Cairns Queensland Australia


Bridge Deck – North Marine Charter Tugboat, Gulf Explorer

Bridge Deck Vessel Diagram for Gulf Explorer - North Marine tugboat vessel charter in Cairns Queensland Australia


Commercial Tugboat Charter Rates

North Marine offers hourly, daily, and extended voyage tugboat charter rates. All tugboat hire rates are in line with competitive industry standards.

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

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

A full pricing schedule may be requested by contacting North Marine:

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North Marine Tugboat Company in Australia

Based out of the Port of Cairns in Queensland, Australia, our tugboats work anywhere inside the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone EEZ.

We offer competitive rates for tug and barge charters throughout the Pacific Ocean. Primary service areas include the Great Barrier Reef, the Torres Strait and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Our waterfront yard, North Wharf in the Port of Cairns, provides marine storage facilities, all-tide access, a roll-on-roll-off ramp and wharf access for loading and unloading.

North Marine tailors solutions to all projects on the water – please contact us to discuss the solution that works best for you.

Additional Tugboat Support in the Port of Cairns, Queensland

Supplementary marine support is available in conjunction with North Marine’s tugboat charters from the Port of Cairns.

Marine storage and sheds (both in Cairns city and in Cairns Port), in-house tradespeople, local marine consultancy services and more. 

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