Darwin Ship Lift Facility


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Darwin Ship Lift Facility

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STATUS: Credibly proposed
SECTOR: Other transport
PROCUREMENT APPROACH: Traditional procurement
TYPE: Greenfield

Project Scope

The Darwin Ship Lift Facility will provide a site for maintenance and servicing of Defence and Australian Border Force vessels, as well as commercial and private vessels. It will be designed to provide services to the general maritime sector and the Federal Government’s Department of Defence and Australian Border Force.

It will be commercially operated under a legislated open access regime and will be overseen by the NT Governments’ Utilities Commission who will regulate pricing and access.

The facility will include:

  • 103-metre long, 26-metre wide ship lift that can lift vessels up to 5,000 tonnes
  • four wharves, and
  • 20 hectares of hard stand area for ship repair and maintenance works.


Project history

End-2019: attainment of relevant environmental approvals


2015-2016: Competitive tender process conducted for the facility's operations and maintenance contract. Paspaley Group awarded contract.

End-2019: finalisation of project development agreement with Paspaley Group that will include transfer of a block of the company's harbourside land to the NT Government.

2020: competitive tender process and contract award by end 2020.




2019: NT government initially committed $400 million funding towards the project in its Mid-Year Report. In December 2019, the Commonwealth Government announced that a loan of $300 million will be provided to the project through the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.

Last reviewed: 20/12/2019

Darwin Ship Lift Facility

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