Port Darwin

Port Darwin is the port in northern Australia. Darwin, Northern Territory has operated in a number of locations including Stokes Hill Wharf, Cullen Bay and East Arm Wharf.

Port Darwin is located in Australia
Port Darwin
Port Darwin
Location of Port Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

Stoke Hill WharfEdit

Stokes Hill Wharf operated as the main location of Port Darwin, and has had three wharves.

East Arm WharfEdit

East Arm Wharf, opened in 2000. Panamax sized ships of a maximum length of 274 metres and a DWT of up to 80,000 tonnes are able to use the location.[1]

Landbridge leaseEdit

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.[2][3] 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.[4]

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.[4][5][6]

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.[7][8][9][10][11] 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.[4]

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.[12] In August 2019, a proposal was launched by Federal Labor MP Nick Champion to re-nationalise the port, thereby ending Chinese control.[13]

No Federal body has oversight of Australian ports which are the domain of state and territory governments.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Darwin Port Corporation > East Arm Wharf Archived 15 October 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Darwinport.nt.gov.au.
  2. ^ "Robb joins Chinese company with control of Darwin Port". ABC News. 30 October 2016. Archived from the original on 6 November 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Chan, Gabrielle Chan (6 June 2017). "Coalition defends Andrew Robb after revelation he started job while an MP". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 24 June 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b c Tanaka, Yasuto (2 February 2019). "Concerns Raised As Australian Port Rolls Out Red Carpet for Chinese Investment". Japan Forward. Archived from the original on 7 June 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  5. ^ "China's 'invisible billionaire' – the Port of Darwin's new owner". Australian Financial Review. 22 November 2015. Archived from the original on 7 June 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  6. ^ "ASIO warned politicians about taking cash from Huang Xiangmo, Chau Chak Wing". Australian Financial Review. 5 June 2017. Archived from the original on 11 April 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  7. ^ Uhlmann, Chris (15 October 2015). "Senior Defence official raises security concerns over Darwin port lease to Chinese-owned company Landbridge". ABC News. Archived from the original on 6 November 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Andrew Robb's secret China contract: money for nothing". 6 December 2017. Archived from the original on 5 December 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  9. ^ Garrick, John (6 December 2018). "Darwin port's sale is a blueprint for China's future economic expansion". The Conversation. Archived from the original on 7 June 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Can the Darwin Port's 99-year lease to China be reversed?". ABC News. 19 March 2019. Archived from the original on 13 June 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  11. ^ Smee, Ben; Walsh, Christopher A. (17 December 2016). "How the sale of Darwin port to the Chinese sparked a geopolitical brawl". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 7 June 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  12. ^ Gibson, Jano (24 June 2019). "New Darwin port would 'counterbalance' 99-year Chinese company lease: Liberal MP". ABC News. Archived from the original on 1 July 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Push for Darwin Port to be nationalised to end Chinese ownership of strategic northern asset". Archived from the original on 5 August 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.

Coordinates: 12°28′15″S 130°50′54″E / 12.47083°S 130.84833°E / -12.47083; 130.84833