Stoke Hill Wharf
Stokes Hill Wharf operated as the main location of Port Darwin, and has had three wharves.
East Arm Wharf
In October 2015, the Chinese-owned Landbridge Group won the bid for a lease of Port Darwin. The 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 government and the Communist Party of China.
Concern over the lease
Concern has been expressed over this leasing arrangement due its strategic significance as part of China's Belt and Road Initiative. In response, development of a port at Glyde Point has been suggested as a counterbalance. 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.
- Port of Newcastle, another port with a 99 year lease with a Chinese control.
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