A construction contractor for the multi-million dollar Darwin Shiplift project has been announced, following the success of its design and construct tender.

Following a two year procurement process, a joint venture between Clough and BMD has been confirmed as the project’s preferred contractor, following an announcement by Northern Territory Chief Minister, Natasha Fyles on Monday 18 July.

The shiplift will be able to service large vessels including those involved in coastal shipping, offshore petroleum, fishing, pearling, and Defence and Border Force operations. It will be 103m long and capable of lifting vessels of up to 5,000 tonnes in weight.

The first vessels are anticipated to use the shiplift by October 2024, with the facility to be completed in 2025.

The NT Government forecasts the project will employ around 250 people at peak construction, and will generate and support hundreds more jobs in the maritime support sector when the shiplift is operating.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Madeleine King, said the announcement is a significant development for the Northern Territory, and ensures design and construction on the project can soon get underway for the Darwin Harbour.

“The announcement of the preferred contractor means the design and construction of the shiplift can proceed as soon as the contract terms are finalised,” Ms King said.

“The NAIF has been an early and long-term supporter of the shiplift project, and has committed $300 million in loans for the project in the East Arm precinct.

“This is an important project for Northern Australia, for the Northern Territory, and for the nation.”

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