Torres Strait Trawling Company started operating in the Torres Strait in 2010 and over a past number of fishing seasons, has witnessed the gradual lack of acceptable mothership support in the East Coast and Torres Strait Prawn Fishery.

Consequently, we have made the decision to purchase, fully refit and reconfigure a former Northern Prawn Fishery mothership (formally the MV “Roper K”) which now we believe will be able to support the East Coast and Torres Strait commercial fishery including local fishers and prawn trawlers.

Now renamed the “Torres Express” in recognition of a successful mothership operation (and its skipper) of the past, our newly revamped mothership will commence operations on the East Coast mid-April 2024 with a firm date soon to be advised.

This vessel will be able to carry all type of fish products and supply fishing vessels with fuel, water, chandlery items and stores. Our vessel will also be able to carry some general freight from Innisfail to the Torres Strait if there is a need.

The Torres Express will always have at least one electrician/refrigeration mechanic on board who as a contractor, will be available to carry out some maintenance/repair work on customer vessels, if required. The mothership will also have available a range of chandlery items, cartons, and personal stores.

The Torres Express has the capability to carry 12 crew for voyage to and from the Torres Straits and East Coast areas. We have in place all approved licences for the carrying out of the mothership’s required duties.

The Torres Express has been designed to act as a support vessel for the East Coast and Torres Strait fishing fleet and therefore will be available to remain longer at particular locations should the need arise. Our intention is that the mothership’s main purpose is to allow the Northern Fishing Fleet to hopefully remain operating in an economically sustainable environment.

Additional support for the industry is available through Torres Strait Trawling Company’s sister company, Horizon Airways which will have aircraft based in Innisfail as well as Yorke Island and will work to support the mothershipping operation with air transportation of parts and crew, to and from Cairns.

Our other sister companies Foodworks Cloncurry and Cloncurry Butchers have the capability to receive grocery stores orders online, where operators can order stores which would then be delivered directly to the mothership, hassle free.

As we are fishing operators ourselves, we understand the need for an efficient and reliable mothershipping service on the East Coast and hope that through the introduction of the “Torres Express” the needs and demands of the East Coast and Torres Strait fishing industry can be met.

Regards Ed Morrison 



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