Darwin Ship Lift and Marine Industry Project

Darwin ship lift site 

The Darwin ship lift and common user facility will be designed to meet the needs of the general maritime sector and the current and long-term needs of the Department of Defence and the Australian Border Force, while supporting local jobs and economic growth in the Territory.

The Darwin facility will enable maintenance and servicing of Defence and Border Force vessels, as well as commercial and private vessels including from the oil and gas, and marine industries. 

On 15 August 2016, the Northern Territory (NT) Government announced that Pearl Marine Engineering had been selected as the preferred proponent to enter a negotiation phase for the Darwin Ship Lift and Marine Industries (SLAMI) Project. 

The SLAMI Project will provide a ship lift and common user facility which will cater for wet and dry dock ship maintenance and will support Darwin’s position as a growing logistics and marine services hub. 

Pearl Marine Engineering proposes to deliver the SLAMI Project through a wholly owned subsidiary of the Paspaley Group, Northern Ship Support Pty Ltd.

The SLAMI Project will be underpinned by a statutory access and pricing access regime that will ensure a truly open access, common user facility model is achieved. The statutory regime will be regulated by the Utilities Commissioner.

Over the coming months, due diligence studies around the facility design and bathymetric requirements will occur in parallel with commercial negotiations with Pearl Marine Engineering.

The NT Government intends to enter final binding project agreements in 2017 with construction to commence shortly thereafter.

Last updated: 17 January 2017