Darwin shiplift reaches new milestone with tender announcement

The multi-million-dollar Darwin Shiplift project, being supported by the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), has passed an important new milestone with the successful design and construct tender announced.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Natasha Fyles has announced the Clough-BMD Joint Venture as the preferred contractor for the design and construction of the project following a two-year procurement process.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King said the announcement is a significant development for the Northern Territory, and ensures design and construction on the project can soon get underway for the Darwin Harbour.

“The announcement of the preferred contractor means the design and construction of the shiplift can proceed as soon as the contract terms are finalised,” Minister King said.

“The NAIF has been an early and long-term supporter of the shiplift project, and has committed $300 million in loans for the project in the East Arm precinct.

“This is an important project for Northern Australia, for the Northern Territory, and for the nation.

“The north is a place of great opportunity, with jobs supporting major projects. It’s a region that is very attractive to live, work and do business in.

“I congratulate Chief Minister Fyles and the project team for reaching this important milestone.

“The Australian Government and NAIF will continue to work with the NT Government to help ensure the successful delivery of the project.”

The shiplift will be able to service large vessels including those involved in coastal shipping, offshore petroleum, fishing, pearling, and Defence and Border Force operations. It will be 103 metres long and capable of lifting vessels of up to 5,000 tonnes in weight.

The first vessels are anticipated to use the shiplift by October 2024, with the facility to be completed in 2025.

The NT Government forecasts the project will employ around 250 people at peak construction, and will generate and support hundreds more jobs in the maritime support sector when the shiplift is operating.