Marine Tug Boat Charter Vessel in Queensland

Tugboat Hire ǀ Support Vessel Gulf Explorer ǀ Tim North MarineThe ‘Gulf Explorer’ is a 25-meter tug boat charter vessel, in class 2B survey. She is well suited to a range of support vessel requirements.

North Marine provide a suite of marine towage and tug boat services throughout Queensland and the Torres Strait.

We have the capacity to perform a wide range of marine tow services. These include harbour and long-range ocean towage, tug and barge combinations, tow assist, tug escort and support vessel charters.

Our tug boat rates are highly competitive.

North Marine is a tugboat company based in the Great Barrier Reef region of Queensland. Our vessels are surveyed to work anywhere in Australia and the Pacific – inside the Australian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). This includes the Torres Strait and the Gulf of Carpentaria.


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Tug Boat Support Services –  M.T Gulf Explorer

These include, but are not limited to:

Harbour Towage

Long-Range Ocean Towage

Barge Mobilisation

Tow Assist & Marine Tow Escorts

Boat Towage & Relocation

Great Barrier Reef Pontoon Towage, Installation & Relocation Services

Helipad Towage & Relocation Services

Offshore Support Vessel

Crew Transfer Vessel & Pilot Transfer – (Certified ‘COVID-Safe’ Transport Provider)

Cargo, Freight & Fuel Supply Transfer

Remote Area Logistics & Supply

Tug Boat Charter for hire from Cairns, Queensland

Fully fitted liveaboard charter


For some marine towage solutions, workboats are used in conjunction with tug boats to ensure a safe and quality-driven service.


About the Charter Tugboat, ‘Gulf Explorer’

Harbour and Ocean Tug Boat Charter in Queensland Australia with the Gulf Explorer 2BThe North Marine tugboat ‘Gulf Explorer’ has a 35-ton bollard pull capability, 3-ton load and cruising capacity of over ten thousand nautical miles.

She is in current Class 2B Survey of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

With an ample deck hold of 30m³, crane access and liveaboard workers accommodation, this hardy tug boat can deliver a range of requirements.

She comes with a hydraulic crane and a variety of optional extra equipment. These include, but are not limited to; a dumb barge, landing barge, workboats, air compressors etc.

Fully air-conditioned with liveaboard facilities, she can carry 16 persons and sleep 10.

The tugboat ‘Gulf Explorer’s liveaboard accommodation makes her ideal for personnel transfer/crew lodgings or a research tug charter vessel.

The tug ‘Gulf Explorer’ is well suited to perform both long-range and harbour marine tow services. The ‘Gulf Explorer’ is a support vessel capable of inshore and offshore marine projects.

The tug ‘Gulf Explorer’ is available for hire on both long-term and short-term workboat charters.


Harbour Tug Boat Assistance

Harbour tug boat services can be rendered to the Port of Cairns and all harbour destinations throughout Queensland.

Harbour tug boat rates are competitive, in line with industry standards.


Ocean Tug Boat Assistance

The ‘Gulf Explorer’ tug is suited to perform long-range ocean crossings; including marine towage, tug assists and tug escort services.

She is a perfect tug support vessel for transiting channels within the Great Barrier Reef and throughout Queensland waters.

Ocean tug boat rates are competitive, in line with industry standards.

Offshore Supply Vessel

Tug boat ‘Gulf Explorer’ holds long-term recurring contracts to deliver offshore supply to a range of clients, including the Australian Federal Government.

With ample deck space, dry storage, a walk-in fridge and freezer and a 30m hold, the tug can accommodate most cargo and freight supplies.

Offshore supply vessel rates are competitive, in line with industry standards.


Marine Tug Boat Specifications for ‘M.T. Gulf Explorer’




Tugboat 2B Charter Vessel Monohull steel tugboat for hire – for marine towage or offshore support vessel capacities.

Marine Tugboat Registration No 29089QB

O.N 344009

IMO No 7207217

Tugboat Gross Tonnage 158.58 tonnes

Tugboat Place of Survey Cairns, Queensland Australia

Marine Tugboat Vessel ‘Gulf Explorer’ Survey No 14036

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

Vessel Length 25.60 Meter Marine Tugboat

Breadth 7.82 Meter Marine Tugboat

Draft 4.19 Meter Marine Tugboat

Tow Bollard Pull 30-Ton Marine Tug Bollard

Cruising Speed 8-10 Knots



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



130 litres per hour at 9 knots

70 litres per hour at 6 knots



Fuel 43.89 tonnes

Freshwater 12.55 tonnes

Desalinator 120 litres per hour



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



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



Main Engines 2 x Blackstone ESL8 Mk2 736kw

Tugboat 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



Tugboat Safety Equipment To full AMSA 2B requirements

Liferaft 1 x 16 person Seasava



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


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Tug Boat Charter Rates

North Marine offers both daily tug boat charter rates and hourly charter rates. Our pricing is comparative and in line with industry standards.

Tug boat charter rates include any applicable time loading and unloading, voyage time, and duration at the worksite.

Our vessel charter rates can be requested by contacting [email protected] or calling our offices.


* Please note this information was correct as of January 2020. Specifications may change or be upgraded over time. Please contact us if up-to-date specifications are required, or for further information.