8 September 2023

BMD Constructions awarded the Darwin Ship Lift Facility contract

BMD Constructions in joint venture with partner Clough, has been awarded the contract for the development of the Darwin Ship Lift Facility by the Northern Territory Government. Located in the East Arm precinct, the Darwin Ship Lift Facility will be constructed by the Clough-BMD Joint Venture (CBJV) to meet the needs of the maritime sector, and the current and long-term needs of the Department of Defence and the Australian Border Force. The scope of works includes construction, testing, commissioning, certification and handover of the facility and will include:

  • a ship lift 26 metres wide, 103 metres long and 6 metres deep
  • lifting capability of 5,500 tonnes
  • wet berths (wharves)
  • additional hard stand area for ship repair and maintenance works.

The ship lift will have the capacity to lift vessels such as the new fleet of offshore patrol vessels procured by the Australian Defence Force. Combining CBJV’s local knowledge with national and global expertise, project is set to commence in the first quarter of 2024, paving the way for a new era for the maritime industry in Darwin. At the contract signing in Darwin today BMD Group Chief Executive Officer Scott Power, said he was looking forward to working together with Clough and the Territory Government on the milestone project and world-class facility. “BMD has operated in the Territory for over 26 years, earning a robust reputation for successful infrastructure delivery through our relationship-based approach to engage people, partners and the community, and leave a lasting skills legacy. “We’re delivering the project under a local first approach and we’re committed to making a positive impact in the Territory through education, jobs, business opportunities and community initiatives,” Mr Power said. The project is expected to deliver long-term benefits in the region’s economic growth through the creation of hundreds of local jobs within the maritime support sector.

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