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United Kingdom-London: Water transport services
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf Ferry Crossing scheme
Transport for London (TfL) is considering the procurement of services and works to support provision of a new cross-river ferry service for cyclists and pedestrians between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf on the River Thames. This could cover:
— operation of the service in whole or part (piers, vessels and supporting infrastructure), which could be considered either in combination with the design, construction and maintenance activities set out below or separately,
— design, construction and maintenance of new passenger ferries with supporting infrastructure, and/or
— design, construction and maintenance of new, or modifications to existing, piers and supporting infrastructure,
— design, construction and maintenance of new or modified highways/traffic systems/urban realm to improve/provide access between the Thames Path and the local highway network.
TfL is considering its procurement strategy encompassing the delivery approach for the ferry service and associated infrastructure and its operation and maintenance. To ensure the best value strategy is adopted TfL is seeking market feedback on:
— packaging options, for example:
—— packaging of requirements by project stage — for example different aspects of design, construction, commissioning, maintenance and operational activities; and
—— packaging of requirements by scope areas — for example enabling works, marine works, piers, vessels, highway works, etc.;
—— sequencing of packaging,
— allocation of different responsibilities and risks between the employer, contractor and subcontractor within respective packages, for example:
—— performance management (for design, construction, maintenance and operation); and
—— warranties, defect liabilities, etc.;
—— asset condition and maintenance;
—— asset ownership, handover and handback;
—— any operators’ requirements for the piers (and associated civils) taking into account service and vessel proposals;
—— quality assurance, testing and commissioning;
—— employment of staff;
—— design liabilities;
—— vessel classification/certification/licences;
—— obtaining necessary consents;
—— securing permanent and temporary land and access arrangements;
—— site conditions such as ground conditions, asset protection, utilities, etc.;
—— interface/integration management for different requirements, e.g. vessels and piers,
— potential timescales,
— level of scheme development and site information necessary to support procurement of respective packages.
To date, no strategy decisions have been made and all approaches will therefore be considered. As such, the number of contracts to be let are undefined and will depend upon the packaging strategy.
TfL is inviting Expressions of Interest (EoI) from interested parties with capability for one or more of the requirements and will follow up with a Market Sounding Questionnaire (MSQ). The responses of the MSQs will assist TfL in understanding the current supply market considerations around capacity, capability, delivery and operating models. Information provided will be used to inform TfL in its continued development of delivery and procurement strategies for any future contracts. TfL at its sole discretion may enter into further discussions with respondents.
TfL may also hold an industry day relating to these contracts in the future and, should this be confirmed, further details will be provided to all parties who express an interest via TfL’s ProContract procurement portal https://procontract.due-north.com/Register
TfL will manage the process in an open and transparent manner, therefore participation or non-participation in this early market engagement process will not disadvantage or affect any supplier’s ability to participate in any future procurement process that may be initiated.
Suppliers wishing to participate in this early market engagement process are invited to register their interest via ProContract by 12.00 noon on 20.11.2019. In registering their interest, suppliers should confirm their full company name, the company registration number and provide a single point of contact.
This PIN does not formally signify the beginning of a procurement process and does not constitute commitment to undertake a procurement exercise until any contract notice is issued.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information