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SMC Marine wins tender to construct Mandorah marine facility

Marine infrastructure specialist SMC Marine has won the right to reconstruct and design one of the Northern Territory’s major marine facilities

The Northern Territory government has announced a pipeline of more than $500 million worth of infrastructure works that is set to occur in the next two years.

A $63 million tender to upgrade the Mandorah marine facilities has been awarded to Australian owned marine infrastructure specialist SMC Marine.

The Sydney-based company is set to open a Darwin office and expand its business into the NT due to the pipeline of marine infrastructure projects in the state.

“The team at SMC Marine is very grateful to be awarded the contract to design and construct new marine facilities to service Mandorah and the Cox Peninsula,” SMAC Marine director Peter Phillipp says.

The NT government says SMC Marine’s design and construct tender will deliver high-quality marine facilities in Mandorah, upgrading connectivity and community infrastructure in one of the Territory’s most important regions.

“The successful SMC Marine tender includes an alternative concept design of the facilities that is expected to minimise the environmental footprint, improve the ferry accessibility and provide weather protection,” NT development minister Eva Lawler says.

The NT government says more than 110 local jobs is set to be created through stage one of the project, with the detailed design expected to be completed by the second quarter 2024 and construction to begin shortly after.

The project includes two break water structures, enhanced disability access, a redesigned and upgraded carpark, a new terminal building and a new boat ramp.

“The benefits of this project to the wider community, visitors far and wide and ferry service operation Sea Link will far outweigh the time it has taken to ensure this development is done to the highest possible standard,” Member for Daly Dheran Young says.

Early works to prepare the site and recycle the existing building, which is being used as a ferry terminal, has been completed, with six local Indigenous sole-traders contracted through the Belyuen community government council to work on the project.

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