Stoke Hill WharfEdit
Stokes Hill Wharf operated as the main location of Port Darwin, and has had three wharves.
East Arm WharfEdit
In October 2015, the Chinese-owned Landbridge Group won the bid for a lease of Port Darwin. The then Country Liberal-controlled Northern Territory Government granted the company a 99-year lease for A$506 million. The contract price is more than 25 times the profit the port had earned over the preceding two years, and Landbridge also promised to invest A$200 million over a 25-year period.
Shandong Landbridge Group is a privately held company with headquarters in the city of Rizhao, Shandong Province, China, which is owned by Ye Cheng, a billionaire with close ties to the Chinese Communist Party.
Concern over the leaseEdit
Concern has been expressed over this leasing arrangement due its strategic significance as part of China's Belt and Road Initiative. Concerns have been expressed over the proximity of the port to a base where United States Marines are stationed on a rotational basis and to the international airport, which is used jointly for military and civilian purposes.
In June 2019, development of a port at Glyde Point, 40 kilometres north of Port Darwin, to be utilised by both military and commercial interests, was suggested as a 'counterbalance' by Federal Liberal Party MP and chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security Andrew Hastie. In August 2019, a proposal was launched by Federal Labor MP Nick Champion to re-nationalise the port, thereby ending Chinese control.
No Federal body has oversight of Australian ports which are the domain of state and territory governments.
- Port of Newcastle, another port with a 99-year lease with a Chinese control.
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