This small unique business is the sole provider of shore mooring services within the Ports of Cairns and Mourilyan Harbour. All International registered shipping exceeding 50 metres in length is required to have a mooring crew available for arrival and departure. This service is booked either directly or through the respective port agent for the ship owners.
These trained personnel receive lines from the ship, mooring shore side securely under directions from the ship, Port Pilot and Ports North.
The service is provided 24 hours a day 7 days a week as required. Teams from one (1) to six (6) persons may be involved in any exercise. Once the ship is secured, assistance is provided to fit a gangway to the ship to allow safe egress of shore agents aboard and ship personnel to alight. On departure, the gangway is freed and then under instruction of the Port Pilot the lines are released.
Extra services are provided, including baggage handling and stores and provision loading when requested. Close working accord with the agents is essential.
This business has been operating in this port for some 50 years under several owners. The current owners have operated the business since 2002.
It has in place a registered Workplace Agreement. All staff are employed as casuals. Appointments are on an availability basis. There are 28 persons currently in this role.
The exiting owners are willing to offer a generous free training period for any Buyer. With the exceptional growth in cruise ship numbers to the Port of Cairns, and extra freight services out of Mourilyan Harbour, this business has great potential.