Conceptual engineering design is complete for the Land Development Corporation's, Marine Service Area (MSA) in preparation to support the NT Government’s proposed $100M heavy ship lift facility (Ship Lift) at East Arm.
LDC has allocated $8.0M on its 2018-19 Capital Works Program for Stage 1 of the MSA. The first stage will provide 5 large lots between 1.2 and 2.4 hectares to accommodate large vessel servicing workshops and a potential strata titled site for supporting activities. Stage 2 is also being planned and will accommodate smaller marine industry contractors with lots ranging from 0.3 to 0.7 hectares. Potential tenants of Stage 2 include radio/radar and marine electronics repairs, marine electrics, small engine repairs, metal and fibreglass vessel hull repairers, ships chandlery, small parts manufacturing and repair workshops and a myriad of others. There is also the opportunity to accommodate a dedicated NT marine skills training centre.
The Marine Service Area is an essential component of the wider Marine Industry Park by delivering industrial sites in close proximity to the Ship Lift and the Common User Facility. This provides the opportunity for the clustering of major ship servicing activities and support businesses to improve Darwin’s marine servicing capabilities.
The Territory Government is expected to make a decision on the Ship Lift facility during the second half of 2018 following the outcomes of the front end engineering design process. In order to have the MSA “development ready” to complement the proposed Ship Lift, LDC will progress a subdivision application and detailed design over the coming months. Construction of the MSA could potentially commence in the 2019 Dry Season.