Darwin Ship Lift and Marine Industry Project
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
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.
Project update: future tender opportunity
Expressions of interest (EOI) will soon be sought from suitably qualified contractors to oversee and manage the design and construction of the Darwin Ship Lift Project on behalf of the NT Government.
The EOI will be the first of a three staged procurement process for this project:
- EOI phase - initial capability assessments and development of the delivery model, resulting in the shortlisted respondents progressing to the next phase. The EOI will take place during August and September 2020.
- Request for proposals (RFP) phase - a detailed assessment and costing to further shortlist the respondents to proceed to the final detailed design development phase. The RFP will take place between October and December 2020.
- Request for detailed design (RFDD) phase - a competitive detailed design phase resulting in the appointment of the construction contractor for the project. The RFDD will take place between February and June 2021.
The three staged procurement process for this project will be undertaken 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.
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.
For general enquiries regarding the project email email@example.com.
For all procurement enquiries email Daniel McCormick at ICN NT firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: 01 August 2020
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