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Major Milestone for Job-Creating Ship Lift

A Project Development Agreement (PDA) has been signed between the Territory Labor Government and the Paspaley Group to deliver a Ship Lift and Marine Industries Project – a major milestone that paves the way for hundreds of construction and ongoing jobs for Territorians.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the Ship Lift Facility would drive local industry, create local jobs and consolidate Darwin’s position as a hub for marine maintenance and servicing.

“The Territory Labor Government was elected on the promise of creating jobs for Territorians, and this is why we are investing $100 million towards the development of this facility at East Arm,” Mr Gunner said.

“It will create new employment and business opportunities for Territorians. It is a serious project, and has been identified as one of the Territory Labor Government’s five major projects that will boost the economy.”

The Ship Lift Facility will enable the maintenance and servicing of Defence and Australian Border Force vessels, along with commercial and private vessels, including from the oil, gas and marine industries.

The NT Government provided $10 million from Budget 2017 to service land adjacent to the Ship Lift and for the due diligence on the project. This funding comes from $100 million committed over the next four years towards building the Ship Lift.

“This is a strategic investment into the Northern Territory’s economic future to unlock the North’s job-creating potential,” Mr Gunner said.

“Funding announced earlier this year will enable the early works at the Marine Services Hub – this will boost our defence presence capacity, local jobs and new business opportunities.

“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 more than 90 metres in length, including the new fleet of offshore patrol vessels being procured by the Australian Defence Force.

The PDA sets out the next steps for the design, development, construction and operation of the Ship Lift Facility. This includes a commitment for the parties to undertake a nine month program of detailed technical site specific works (Front-End Engineering Design (FEED Works)).


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