Darwin Ship Lift Facility

Project summary

The Northern Territory (NT) Government has committed $100 million to developing ship lift infrastructure. The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility is investing $300 million via a concessional loan to enable development of this sovereign infrastructure.

Key design features of the ship lift include:

  • 103 metre in length ship lift capable of lifting vessels up to 5000 tonnes
  • additional hardstand for ship and maintenance works
  • additional wet berth (wharves) to enable in-water repairs, maintenance and loading.

The NT Government is working to finalise a project development agreement with the Paspaley Group to operate the facility and are attaining all relevant environmental and development approvals. SMEC has been engaged as Owners Engineer; providing technical advice across a range of disciplines, including civil and structural design engineering as well as general strategic advice and risk reduction. GHD has been awarded the Commercial and Procurement Advisor contract; developing a procurement strategy for the design and construction of the facility and will undertake market engagement on the procurement model. AECOM has been engaged as the project’s Environmental Consultant, undertaking investigative studies for the preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement.

Details at a glance
Action Area Delivery Model Location Financial Timeframe
Smarter and targeted infrastructure Infrastructure construction East Arm, Darwin, Northern Territory $400 million Construction to commence 2021 (pending relevant approvals being obtained) and completed in 2023.


 concept art of Darwin Ship Lift Facility