Tiwi leaders negotiated with the Singaporean firm Ezion Holdings the development of a port at Port Melville. A sublease was signed with the Australian subsidiary Ezion Offshore Logistics Hub (Tiwi) Pty Ltd (EOLHT) for a ship loading facility, warehousing, storage and ancillary activities including a storage yard for timber and timber products on 23 September 2010.
Tiwi leaders negotiated and signed a Facility Agreement with EOLHT to provide a wharf for the export of Tiwi woodchip on 8 October 2012.
A Port Operating Deed was signed on 17 March 2014 appointing EOLHT as the Exclusive Port Operator.
On 22 July 2014, AusGroup Limited announced that it had entered into a sale and purchase agreement with EOLH to purchase the company.
Export of Tiwi woodchips from Port Melville has been approved by the Australian Government Minister for the Environment and his Department under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
Separately, the Port Operators, Ezion Offshore Logistics Hub (Tiwi) Pty Ltd, have obtained approval under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act to operate the port as a marine supply base for the shipment of equipment and supplies for projects such as the construction and operation of oil and gas fields. The approval is subject to conditions designed to ensure best practice biosecurity measures and prevent impacts on listed threatened species and ecological communities.
The Port Operators are also required to operate the port in accordance with an Operational Environmental Management Plan approved by the Northern Territory EPA.
The Tiwi Islands forestry project is approved under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. It is managed in accordance with an approved Environment Management Plan.
Tiwi woodchip is Certified Controlled Wood under the Forest Stewardship Council certification criteria.