The project will drive local industry, create local jobs and help to consolidate Darwin’s position as a hub for marine maintenance and servicing.
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.
A Project Development Agreement was reached between the Northern Territory (NT) Government and the Paspaley Group to deliver the Ship Lift and Marine Industries Project and was announced on 21 September 2017.
The project will be delivered through a wholly owned subsidiary of the Paspaley Group, Northern Ship Support Pty Ltd.
It is estimated around 100 workers will be employed throughout the facility’s construction phase, and 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 proposed ship lift will include:
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.
In September 2017, NSS commenced the front end engineering and design phase which will result in a costed proposal to construct the facility and provide assurance to stakeholders that the project is sufficiently mature to advance into the approvals and risk reduction phase.
The facility will be underpinned by a statutory access and pricing access regime that will ensure an open access, common user facility model is achieved. The statutory regime will be regulated by the Utilities Commissioner.