Important Milestone for Darwin Ship Lift


Construction of the Ship Lift is on track to begin next year with the Design and Construction Expression of Interest (EOI) now completed.

Five applicants have progressed to the next stage.

The planned Ship Lift will be built at East Arm, and will allow Darwin to become a major ship maintenance hub.

The 103m facility will be capable of servicing large vessels from industries including offshore petroleum, fishing, pearling, Defence and Border Force – being used to lift vessels out of the water so they can be serviced, repaired or stored, including for safety during cyclones.

It will bring $260 million into the NT economy every year and create more than 100 jobs during construction and around 400 jobs ongoing.

The project has been funded by a $300 million concessional loan from the North Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) and $100 million from the Northern Territory Government.

The facility is expected to be operational by 2024.

The NT Government received 20 EOI’s during the construction tender process. The shortlisted parties are:

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