Darwin Ship Lift and Marine Industry Project

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The ship lift project remains a critical priority project for the Northern Territory (NT) Government and the project team remain solely focused on progressing all aspects of the project including design, procurement and environmental approvals.

Darwin Ship Lift Project

The NT Government is building the largest ship lift in Northern Australia. The Darwin Ship Lift Facility will enable the maintenance and servicing of Defence and Australian Border Force vessels, along with commercial and private vessels, including from the oil, gas and marine industries.

The ship lift 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.

Once operational the facility will be a catalyst for the development of a marine maintenance and servicing industry, and the creation of many new jobs.

The common user ship lift facility will include:

  • a ship lift 26m wide, 103m long and 6m deep
  • lifting capability of 5,000 tonnes
  • wet berths (wharves)
  • additional hard stand area for ship repair and maintenance works.

The ship lift will have the capacity to lift vessels such as the new fleet of offshore patrol vessels procured by the Australian Defence Force.

The ship lift facility will be a common user facility, which will enable vessel owners to choose and manage their own service and maintenance providers. This will also enable multiple providers to operate concurrently at the facility.

An agreement between the NT Government and Paspaley, will result in the facility being constructed on NT Government-owned land.

The ship lift is a common user facility that will operate on a commercial basis. There will be a legislated open access regime to ensure fair and equal use for all customers. Pricing and access will be overseen by the independent Utilities Commission. Construction is anticipated to take two years, enabling the facility to be operating in 2024.

A three staged procurement process for this project is currently underway through the Industry Capability Network Northern Territory (ICN NT) Gateway.

Suppliers are encouraged to register their interest via the ICN NT database to receive updates / notifications on upcoming activities for the project. Go to the ICN NT Gateway.

To read the media release on the Darwin Ship Lift procurement, go to the Northern Territory Government Newsroom.

For general enquiries regarding the project email major.projects@nt.gov.au.

For all procurement enquiries email Daniel McCormick at ICN NT daniel.mccormick@icnnt.org.au.

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Last updated: 26 September 2020

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