Darwin Ship Lift and Marine Industry Project

Project update

Procurement for the design and construction for the facility commenced in August 2020 with a call for expressions of interest (EOI). The EOI stage is complete and the following respondents will be invited to participate in the request for proposals (RFP) stage:

  • Clough Projects Australia Pty Ltd
  • McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd
  • Sitzler Pty Ltd
  • Territoria Civil, and
  • Watpac Construction Pty Ltd.

The RFP stage will involve more detailed assessment and costing to further shortlist the respondents to proceed to the final detailed design development stage.

Contact details for the shortlisted respondents participating in the RFP stage are available on the ICN NT Gateway project page. Go to the ICN NT Gateway.

Proposed early works

The NT Government is planning an early works dredging campaign to remove the softer unconsolidated material from the surface of the ship lift, manoeuvring basin and berth areas.

Please note that no early works dredging will be done until the work receives:

  • formal consent from the Darwin Port to use East Arm dredge spoil ponds
  • approval from the NT Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA), and
  • approval from Development Consent Authority (DCA).

The above approvals will be independent of the environmental impact statement for the project. The proposed early works dredging will be assessed by the NT EPA and DCA on its own merits and the outcomes of these approvals will in no way impact the approvals processes for the overall project.

For further information, read the proposed early works fact sheet.

Darwin Ship Lift Project early works fact sheet PDF (3.0 MB)
Darwin Ship Lift Project early works fact sheet DOCX (2.8 MB)

Should you require additional information, or have any questions or comments, please email shiplift@nt.gov.au.

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

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

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Last updated: 19 November 2020

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