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Concept design

The Expression of Interest is the first stage of a three-staged procurement process for this project:

  • Stage 1 — Expressions of Interest (EOI) phase — initial capability assessments and development of the delivery model, resulting in the shortlisted respondents progressing to the next phase.
  • Stage 2 — Request for Proposals (RFP) phase — a detailed assessment and costing to further shortlist the respondents to proceed to the final detailed design development phase.
  • Stage 3 — Request for Detailed Design (RFDD) phase — a competitive detailed design phase resulting in the appointment of the construction contractor for the project.

The EOI phase closes on 25 September 2020.

Industry briefing


A briefing to discuss the project scope, procurement staging and packaging options will be held on 1 September 2020 from 8:30am to 10:00am.

Respondents must register to attend the briefing to ensure that COVID 19 safety measures and plans can be adhered to. For further details, please refer to the EOI Addenda 1 located in the Darwin Ship Lift – Design and Construct work package available on the Industry Capability Network Northern Territory Gateway.

Web conferencing facilities will be available and there will be a live stream option via Zoom.

This briefing will cover the:

  • project scope
  • procurement staging
  • packaging options

There will be no additional technical or design information provided at the briefing. Further information will be released in Stage 2 — Request for Proposals.

What is the Darwin Ship Lift Project?


The Northern Territory Government is building the largest ship lift in Northern Australia. The Darwin Ship Lift Facility will enable the maintenance and servicing of Defence and Australian Border Force (ABF) vessels, along with commercial and private vessels, including from the oil, gas and marine industries.

The project will drive local industry, create local jobs and help to consolidate Darwin’s position as a hub for marine maintenance and servicing.

The ship lift facility will be designed to meet the needs of the general maritime sector and the current and long-term needs of the Department of Defence and the ABF, while supporting local jobs and economic growth in the Northern Territory.

The ship lift facility will include:

  • a ship lift 26m wide, 103m long and 6m deep
  • lifting capability of up to 5,000 tonnes
  • additional 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 Royal Australian Navy’s new fleet of Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels.

How do I get involved?


The three staged procurement process for this project will be undertaken through the Industry Capability Network Northern Territory (ICN NT) Gateway.

Suppliers are encouraged to register their interest via the ICN NT database to access the EOI documentation and receive updates/notifications on upcoming activities for the project.

For all procurement enquiries email daniel.mccormick@icnnt.org.au