Minister Opens New Barge Facility at East Arm
Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison today opened the new Multi User Barge Ramp at Darwin’s East Arm Logistics Precinct.
The project was jointly funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Defence and the Northern Territory Government’s Land Development Corporation.
The Minister said it was fantastic to see a facility that provides benefit to such a wide range of users.
“The Barge Ramp will provide Defence with logistics support and a strategic interface between land and sea for up to 60 days per year, including logistic support capability for the Royal Australian Navy’s two new Landing Helicopter Dock ships and amphibious vessels.
“With almost all tide access and a ramp designed for a variety of coastal barges, the ramp provides close to 24/7 barge access for loading and unloading troops and Defence equipment.
“For the remaining 300 days of the year, the facility will be available for commercial use by private barge operators. We expect the facility will build capacity in the local industry to compete for work in the oil and gas, resource, marine and Defence industries.
The Minister said the collaboration was an excellent example of a joint partnership working well.
“I’ve been advised this project was delivered on time and under budget by local company Ostojic Group, so congratulations to all involved in this $14.3million project.
“Defence has played a crucial role in the development of Darwin and the Northern Territory, and we recognise the strong contribution Defence makes to both the local economy and the community.”
The Facility forms part of the wider Common User Facility, which includes 9 hectares of secure laydown and storage area at the precinct, and is an integral part of the Land Development Corporations proposed Marine Industry Park.
Ms Manison said the new facility will be owned and operated by the Land Development Corporation as a commercial operation.
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