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Science Vessels – Canadian Coast Guard – CCG Procurement – September 2009

Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel and Offshore Oceanographic
Science Vessel:  Joint Solicitation of Interest and Qualifications

Update:  It was announced in Nov 2010 that STX Canada in Vancouver would design the OOSV. Under their Oct 2011 'Non-Combat' award in the National Shipbuilding Pro- curement Strategy, Vancouver Shipyard will build 3 x OFSV and 1 x OOSV. Some $5.2B in CCG spending was listed in the 2012 Budget although it's unlikely to be new money.
Following on from  DFO contract announcements for new Mid-Shore Patrol Vessels , an SOIQ / LOI process has been launched for the larger Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel  (OOSV) and  three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels  (OFSVs). The single OOSV is to replace the CCGS Hudson.  The Hudson,  built in 1963,  is based on the East Coast. There is no plan to replace the West Coast OOSV, CCGS John P Tully built 1985, but an option for a second OOSV is built into the SOIQ.

In a sense, the '80s-vintage John P Tully is a model for the new OOSV. It is a Canadian design (Aker Yards Marine of Vancouver, BC, now STXM ) which was built in Canada (by the now defunct Bel-Air Shipyard Ltd. then of  North Vancouver, BC ).  Where the new OOSV differs is in size.  The Tully is less than 70 m long with a complement of  20. The planned OOSV will be 90m long (the size of the Hudson) with a complement of  28.

The 3 new  OFSVs are to replace 4 existing vessels. Three are based on the East Coast – CCGS Wilfred Templeman and Alfred Needler (Nova Scotia-built, 1981 & 1982) and  CCGS Teleost ( Norwegian-built, 1988). Oldest of  the 4  OSFVs to be replaced  is the Pacific Region's CCGS WE Ricker ( right, Japanese- built, 1978 ).  As with the OOSV,  the  OSFVs' scale has increased.  The existing OSFVs range in length from 50m to 63m with complements between 19 and 26. The new OSFVs will be 67m long with complements of 25 (+ a scientific staff of 18 ).

So, new OSFVs specifications are 67m length, maximum draft of  6.5m.  Speed of  14 kts (26 km/h) with quiet operations a priority along with a modern deck and trawl gear. The delivery dates are 2011-2012. The first OFSV, scheduled for 2011, will replace Ricker in the Pacific Region.  The second will replace Needler in the Maritimes Region  (also for 2011),  the third replaces Templeman in 2012  for Newfoundland and  Labrador Region.

As mentioned, the new OOSV will replace Hudson in the Maritimes Region. The OOSV is scheduled for 2014.  OOSV specifications are:  90m length,  18m beam, maximum draft of  7.5m. The new OOSV will be highly automated and able to remain at sea for months before re-provisioning.  Besides its 28 crew,  the OOSV will accommodate 31 scientists.
The text of  the OOSV and OFSV  SOIQ/LOI (edited for brevity) is reproduced below.

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Joint  Solicitation  of   Interest  &  Qualification  for
the  Design  of  2 types of  Offshore Science Vessels

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Reference Number                PW-$$NQ-006-19147
Solicitation Number              F7013-090024/A
Organization Name               Public Works and Government Services Canada
                                      Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada
Source ID                               FD.DP.QC.10077.C2
Associated Components     Yes

Dates

Published      2009-09-08
Revised         —
Closing         2009-09-18  02:00 PM  Eastern Daylight Saving Time  EDT

Details

Category                          Architect and Engineering Services
GSINS                               C216A:  NAVAL ARCHITECTURE
Region of Delivery         Ontario
Region of Opportunity   —
Agreement Type             Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
Tender Type                    Letter  of  Interest  ( LOI )
Estimated Value               —
Solicitation Method        —

Notice Description    Joint Solicitation of  Interest & Qualification for the Design of
2 types of Offshore Science Vessels

Trade Agreement:                 Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
Tendering Procedures:         The bidder must supply Canadian goods and/or services
Attachment:                           None
Competitive Procurement Strategy:  N/A - P&A/LOI Only
Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement:   No
Nature of Requirements:
Nature of Requirements:

SOLICITATION OF INTEREST AND QUALIFICATION  ( SOI&Q )  FOR DESIGNS FOR TWO (2) TYPES OF OFFSHORE SCIENCE VESSELS ( FISHERIES RESEARCH, OCEANOGRAPHIC RESEARCH ) FOR THE CANADIAN COAST GUARD  ( CCG ).

SOI&Q SUMMARY FOLLOWS.  FOR COMPLETE SOI&Q DESCRIPTION AND ALL REQUIREMENTS & DETAILS, SUPPLIERS MUST ORDER SOI&Q DOCUMENT FROM MERX. SUPPLIERS MUST NOT SUBMIT THEIR RESPONSE BASED ON THIS NOTICE ONLY. [...]

1. INTRODUCTION
This Solicitation of  Interest and Qualification is to advise Industry of Canadian Coast Guard requirements and to identify suppliers who are capable, interested and qualified to achieve the development of  the two different "Bid Design Packages" with success. The resulting "Bid Design Packages" will be utilized for two open competitions for the construction of several vessels which may include but not limited to:

One (1) Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel  ( OOSV )  with [the] possibility of  a second vessel, to be designed, constructed, outfitted, trialed and delivered to Canada.

Three  (3)  Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels  ( OFSV )  to be designed,  constructed, outfitted, trialed and delivered to Canada.

2. PROCUREMENT PROCESS
The Design Package procurement process for these Projects will be phased as follows:

Phase 1:   The Solicitation of  Interest and Qualification  is a qualification of  suppliers in order to identify Bidders capable of  undertaking the Ship Design Packages and  to establish two (2) source lists, one for each vessel type ( files F7013-090022 and F7013- 090024). Only Bidders demonstrating this capability for a vessel type will be invited to participate in Phase 2 for that vessel type.

THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN PHASE 1  [ of the ]  SOI&Q IS NOT A BINDING OFFER BUT RATHER A BASIS FOR ESTABLISHING TWO ( 2 ) SOURCE LISTS. NO FURTHER  NOTICES OF PROPOSED PROCUREMENT  OR  ADVANCE CONTRACT AWARD NOTICES WILL BE ISSUED FOR THESE...SHIP TYPE DESIGN PACKAGES. Subsequent to this SOI&Q Phase, the following Phases are planned to occur within the next 16 months.

Phase 2:   Selective Tendering  –  For each of  the OOSV and OFSV Projects/files, only those Bidders who qualify in Phase 1 will be sent the corresponding complete Request For Proposal (RFP) for the Design Package for the OOSV or the OFSV. For each of the OOSV and OFSV Design Projects, the proposals submitted will be evaluated based on the lowest priced compliant bid. Should a single Company qualify for each Design Pro- ject under Phase 1, Canada will enter into negotiations with that or those bidders only for the Design Package Contracts of  the vessels.

Phase 3:   Design Package Contracts - For each of the OOSV and OFSV Projects, this phase will be carried out via one contract for each type of  vessel.  Canada may [...] at the end of  each phase, for each vessel type, decide not to proceed to the next phase.

3. APPLICABILITY OF TRADE AGREEMENTS
The two Design Package requirements are exempt  from the provisions of  the North American Free Trade Agreement ... in accordance with NAFTA Annex 1001.1b-2  Sec- tion C and the World Trade Organization  –  Agreement on Government Procurement (WTO-AGP) in accordance with Annex 4, Note 4.  These requirements are not subject to the Comprehensive Land Claims Agreements.  These requirements are subject  to the Agreement on  Internal Trade ( AIT ).  The Canadian Content  Policy applies  and the requirements will be restricted  to Canadian Bidders and content accordingly.

4. QUALIFICATION OF POTENTIAL SUPPLIERS & SUBMISSION OF RESPONSES
Bidders are advised that their responses to this SOI&Q shall form the basis on which they will be evaluated and pre-qualified to receive either of the Requests For Proposal (RFP) for the designs. Only those bidders that will qualify as per the terms and condit- ions of  this SOI&Q, and as so advised by the Contracting Authority, will receive the RFP for the vessel type for which they have qualified. No contract will result from this SOI&Q.  The Bidders  interested  in qualifying to be invited for the competitions must order the complete SOI&Q document from MERX detailing the requirements and quali- fication process and must submit and demonstrate to the satisfaction of  Canada with their [SOI&Q] Response that they meet all the pre- requisites of the relevant annexe(s) of  the SOI&Q document. Bidders shall ... indicate if they wish to qualify for the OOSV design only,  for the OFSV design only  or for both  [...].  Bidders are also requested to indicate the official language of their choice for RFP documents and correspondence...


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