Open tug for towage – West to East

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We have a 30t BP tug situated on the West Coast.

She is looking for towage opportunities. She will be heading in a northerly or easterly direction pending opportunities early in the new year.

Please enquire for more information or interest.

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Flat Top Barge for Charter ex: East Australia (FT0567)

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Australian Workboat Brokers has an A1 Steel Deck Flat Top Barge available, for charter.

Currently, in for routine dry dock, it is available in excellent condition and ready for work.

Vessel Specifications
  • 230 x 64 x 14ft
  • ABS Class
  • 10 t/m2 Deck Loading
  • 3,488 DWT
  • 4 x SMIT type towing brackets
  • 4 point anchor system with 1 control station, 18T winches, 5-tonne anchors supplied

This 70m Flat Top Barge is Available for Charter Ex: East Coast Australia from November 2018.

Contact AWBB now for full details 

*All details provided herein are believed to be correct, but cannot be guaranteed.

Towage & Barge Freight Available – East Coast Australia

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Australian Workboat Brokers have the following Towage & Barge Freight Opportunites available on the East Coast of Australia.

Free Running Tug – Sydney to Darwin
Departing Sydney: ~ 23rd October 2018 to Darwin
Arriving Darwin: ~ 5th November 2018
16 Tonne Bollard Pull Tug looking for a suitable Towage Opportunity
Cargo Opportunity – Darwin to Sydney
Departing Darwin: after 5th November
55 Metre Barge available to carry cargo en route to Sydney

Understanding that this is a genuine occurrence, we invite you to contact us now to take advantage of either of these opportunities.

Please contact Troy Dwyer on 0499 642 842 or for full details.

*All details provided herein are believed to be correct, but cannot be guaranteed. 

Jack Up Barge Requirement

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Australian Work Boat Brokers have a local client seeking a Jack Up Barge for sale. They have indicated their required specifications as follows:

300-400T crane capacity
Modular System preferred
Circa 20m depth operating area
No accommodation required Built 2000 onwards

We invite any vendors with similar suitable commercial vessels for sale to contact us at your earliest convenience as our client is ready to buy NOW! Also forward your Jack Up Barge specifications and photographs for immediate consideration to

Australian Workboat Brokers Pty Ltd
Phone | 61 (0) 08 6311 2823
Mobile | +61 499 642 842
Webpage |
Postal Address | PO Box 126, Melville WA 6956

If we can assist you in sourcing a similar vessel, we would love to hear from you. Contact Us 


*Details given are believed to be correct but are not guaranteed. 

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16m Modular Crane Barge

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We have the following Modular Crane Barge available for Sale or Charter:

15.95m x 11m Modular Crane Barge

Length: 15.95m

Width: 11m (joined together. 2 units 5.5m wide each)

Depth: 1.8m

Survey: Current 2D

Mooring System: Recently installed, 4 point

Crane: capable of running a 50T crawler crane

Location: Western Australia

Purchase Price: AUD$530,000 plus GST

Charter Price Guide: AUD$2,100 plus GST per day bare boat for 6 months

Availability: Prompt. Ready for inspection and to be put to work.

AWBB Reference: CB0014

Please contact us for further information.

AMSA Yacht Master

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New qualifications for crews of commercial motor yachts
Four new certificates of competency for seafarers working on commercial motor yachts will be introduced in Australia from early 2016.
After extensive consultation between AMSA the commercial yachting Industry, Yachting Australia, the Australian Maritime College and the Transport Logistics Industry Skills Council these new qualifications will see Australian motor yacht worker’s skills recognised with an official AMSA certificate of competency.
The four new qualifications include.
 Watchkeeper Deck <3000GT Yachts with deck rating endorsement  Chief Mate <3000GT Yachts with deck rating endorsement  Master <500GT Yachts with Able Seafarer endorsement  Master <3000GT Yacht with Able Seafarer endorsement These qualifications will give seafarers a career path that will allow them to upgrade their qualifications to larger vessels by undertaking further study. AMSA is currently drafting Marine Order 74 (Master and deck officer yachts) to give effect to these new qualifications and anticipates that the order will be complete in the first quarter of 2016. Similar qualifications have existed in the United Kingdom for some time and Marine Order 74 will allow AMSA to recognise equivalent certificates issued by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency. AMSA Deputy CEO, Gary Prosser, announced the new qualifications on Tuesday at the Australian Superyacht & Marine Export Industry Conference on the Gold Coast. “These new certificates will give formal recognition to these highly skilled seafarers and a pathway to further their careers in the maritime industry,” Mr Prosser said. “AMSA would like to thank the commercial yachting industry for its support in developing this important expansion of qualifications for workers.”

Toll Group Sale – Northern Remote Australia

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Toll Group has announced its intention to sell its assets for $45 million to rival Sea Swift, saying 150 jobs will be lost.

Maritime Union of Australia NT branch secretary Thomas Mayor said there had been no commitment from Sea Swift to keep on Toll employees whose jobs were on the line.

“We’re going to arrange to meet with Sea Swift and we want some answers for our members about their commitment to these Territorian workers,” he said.

“They need to understand there are Territorian workers here, and we want to understand what is at stake for them, will they still have their jobs servicing Territory communities.”

Mr Mayor said the announcement had come out of the blue and would mark the end of Territory-owned transport.

“Toll, which was once Perkins Shipping, has been a Territory company for a long time, so it’s a sad day,” he said.

Toll Group spokesperson Christopher Whitefield said the company would try to find jobs for affected employees elsewhere in the company.

“It is likely that anywhere up to 150 people will be made redundant but where possible we’ll look to redeploy people across our business,” he said.

“There are other [Toll Group] businesses that do exist in Australia where we will where possible work to redeploy people.

“We’re in direct communication with our staff about what changes might be happening depending on the sale which we’ll find out about early next year.”

The sale of Toll Group to rival Sea Swift will create a freight monopoly for the remote NT town of Nhulunbuy, a member of the region’s Chamber of Commerce says.

There is only one road into Nhulunbuy that has weight restrictions and is impassable in the wet season, so the town relies on barges for more than 90 per cent of its freight.

Toll Group and Sea Swift both run barge services to Nhulunbuy and the competition has lowered prices.

The former chairman of the East Arnhem Chamber of Commerce and Industry and current committee member, Dave Suter, said he expected the cost of living in Nhulunbuy to increase significantly.

“The issue of concern that people are raising with me at the moment is the perception that the cost may increase,” he said.

Mr Suter said there had been significant price changes previously when two barge companies ran services to Nhulunbuy.

“When another operator came in the prices were reduced, so people were just concerned that there may be an altering in prices,” he said.

Mr Suter said while it was disappointing news, he was not surprised because the volume of freight into the small town was not enough to support two companies.

“I think it was a pretty bold move of Sea Swift to come in here at a time of depressed market, but obviously the had their business model all sorted out, and we know the outcome of their business model today,” he said.

Mr Suter said he had dealt with Sea Swift as a member of the Chamber of Commerce and hoped they would offer reasonable prices.

“It’s just a waiting game to see what Sea Swift will announce in regard to any freight charges and costings,” he added.

Source: ABC

Skilled Group – Acquire Remainder, OMSA

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Skilled Group Limited (ASX:SKE) acquire the remainder of the shares in the Offshore Marine Services joint venture to hold 100 per cent of the shares.

 The staffing services company currently holds 50 per cent of OMSA shares and will pay $6.9 million to PB Sea-Tow Holdings for the remainder, payable in January next year.
The company says OMSA has recently won new work with its Gorgon Project contract and has recently paid dividends of $6.13 million to Skilled and PB.
CEO Mick McMahon says he’s pleased that OMSA’s systems, expertise and team will become a fully integrated part of the company.
Skilled reported a net profit of $44.2 million in the 2014 financial year.