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 Darwin 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 Darwin 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.

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, becoming operational in 2024.

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
  • Territoria Civil, and
  • Watpac Construction Pty Ltd.

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

Contact details of shortlisted respondents participating in the RFP stage are available below.

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Project at a glance

NT Australia (Onshore)
Request for Proposals Stage
Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet

Contact Details

Industry Capability Network (NT)
+61 8 8922 9422

Work Package
Full Scope EOI
Partial Scope EOI
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Create EOICloses: 31 Dec 2021
Closed: 31 Dec 2019
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Work Packages

Closed: 25 Sep 2020
Note: The closing date/s for expressions of interest are subject to change.

Territoria Civil has been shortlisted to participate in the Request for Proposal [RFP] phase of the Darwin Ship Lift and Marine Industry Project tender.

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The Northern Lift consortium has been shortlisted to deliver the Darwin Ship Lift. Led by Australian multidisciplinary construction contractor BESIX Watpac, Northern Lift consists of leading marine infrastructure specialists.

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McConnell Dowell have been shortlisted for the Request for Proposal (RFP) stage of the Darwin Ship Lift Project.

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The Clough-BMD Joint Venture (CBJV), along with our lead design partner WGA, have been successfully shortlisted for the Darwin Ship lift project.  As such, the CBJV is excited to be participating in such a significant project in the Northern Territory. 

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