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First significant subcontract awarded for Darwin Ship Lift project

The Clough BMD Joint Venture has awarded a contract for works on the Darwin Ship Left project, a project representing a $215 million investment from the Northern Territory Government.

The Clough BMD Joint Venture has awarded a contract for works on the Darwin Ship Lift, a project representing a $215 million investment from the Northern Territory Government.

The ship lift will be a Northern Territory Government-owned facility that will provide wet and dry berths for vessels wash down, blasting, painting and general maintenance facilities on a common user basis.

The contract works, valued at $16.9 million, have been awarded to local Darwin-based entity Wilga Indigenous Corporation to supply and deliver around 430,000 tonnes of rock for the laying of groundwork ahead of major construction.


 

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The facility will be designed to meet the needs of general fishing and maritime sector, the Department of Defence, and the Australian Border Force. When complete, the ship lift will boast the capability to lift 5500 tonnes, enough to facilitate vessels such as the new fleet of offshore patrol vessels procured by the Australian Defence Force.

Local procurement and contract designation has been a big focus during the early stages of the project.

It is anticipated that several components of the ship lift facility will be completed in early 2025 and the balance of work completed in 2025–26.

Over the next few months, additional works packages such as further quarry supply, site surveying, site facilities and plant equipment and hires, are expected to be awarded.

For more information on the project, click here.

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