Services - 575971-2018

28/12/2018    S249

United Kingdom-London: Shipping operations

2018/S 249-575971

Contract award notice

Results of the procurement procedure


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Department for Transport
Postal address: Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road
Town: London
Postal code: SW1P 4DR
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Mr Alan Devine
Telephone: +44 7876258390
Internet address(es):
Main address:
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: Transport

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Additional Shipping Freight Capacity

Reference number: TISEM00002
II.1.2)Main CPV code
60640000 Shipping operations
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

This is a contract for the supply of additional freight capacity on Short Sea crossings for Ro-Ro services between English and European ports.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 13 820 252.00 GBP
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKJ44 East Kent
NUTS code: BE255 Arr. Oostende
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Department for Transport (the “Authority”) has awarded a contract to Seaborne Freight (UK) Ltd for the supply of additional freight capacity on ferry services between England and Belgium in order to minimise the potential disruption of trade across the Short Straits in the event that the UK leaves the EU without an agreement. The ferry services under the contracts are to be operational by 29.3.2019.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Quality criterion - Name: 20 % Quality, 80 % Price / Weighting: 20 %
Price - Weighting: 80 %
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of options:

The term of the agreements can be extended at the discretion of the authority.

II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Award of a contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the Official Journal of the European Union in the cases listed below
  • Extreme urgency brought about by events unforeseeable for the contracting authority and in accordance with the strict conditions stated in the directive

A situation of extreme urgency exists in the context of UK-EU roll-on-roll-off ferry capacity by virtue of the UK leaving the EU on 29.3.2019 and the prospect that this exit may be on a no-deal basis. This extreme urgency arises from a combination of events, and the anticipated response to those events of a range of entities, including:

1) The possibility of severe congestion at and around UK ports from 29.3.2019, caused by increased border checks by European Union Member States, and consequently a significant reduction in capacity at ports on the short straits. It is anticipated that this could, without further intervention to secure additional ferry capacity, cause delivery of critical goods to be delayed and cause significant wider disruption to the UK economy and to the road network in Kent;

2) The significant lead times that are required to source additional ferry capacity which require action to be taken several months in advance of the capacity being required to be delivered and

3) Unexpected and unforeseeable limitations on the extent to which the market has to date been able to respond to these circumstances by putting in place contingency plans to deal with this scenario.

IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.8)Information about termination of dynamic purchasing system
IV.2.9)Information about termination of call for competition in the form of a prior information notice

Section V: Award of contract

Contract No: TISEM00002b

Additional Shipping Freight Capacity

A contract/lot is awarded: yes
V.2)Award of contract
V.2.1)Date of conclusion of the contract:
V.2.2)Information about tenders
Number of tenders received: 1
Number of tenders received from SMEs: 1
Number of tenders received from tenderers from non-EU Member States: 0
Number of tenders received by electronic means: 1
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor
Official name: Seaborne Freight (UK) Ltd
National registration number: 10709921
Postal address: 59 Mansell Street
Town: London
Postal code: E1 8AN
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 7515534860
The contractor is an SME: yes
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot (excluding VAT)
Total value of the contract/lot: 13 820 252.00 GBP
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: Royal Courts of Justice
Postal address: Strand
Town: London
Postal code: WC2A 2LL
Country: United Kingdom
Internet address:
VI.4.3)Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Review procedures are as set out in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. Proceedings under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 are time limited and any such proceedings must be brought in the High Court of England and Wales.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: