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12/01/2017    S8    - - Services - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

United Kingdom-Swindon: Repair and maintenance services of ships

2017/S 008-012649

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

UK Shared Business Services Limited
North Star House, North Star Avenue
Contact point(s): UK Shared Business Services Limited
For the attention of: Katarzyna Nawrotek
SN2 1FF Swindon
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1793867558

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
Other: public procurement
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

National Oceanography Centre
European Way
United Kingdom

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
UK SBS — RRS James Cook and RRS Discovery, the Provision of Ship Repair & Maintenance Services on behalf of National Oceanography Centre (NOC).
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 1: Maintenance and repair services
II.3)Information on framework agreement
The notice involves the establishment of a framework agreement: no
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
UK SBS on behalf of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) anticipates undertaking a procurement exercise for the provision of annual refits (covering maintenance, repair, enhancement, and refit) of the Royal Research Ships (RRS) James Cook and Discovery.
The objective is to deliver a long term agreement up to 5 years (actual duration of the contract TBC) that provides options for ship refits across all operating areas e.g. Atlantic, Eastern Pacific, and Indian Oceans.
RRS James Cook and RRS Discovery are purpose built research ships managed by the National Marine Facilities (NMF) at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
For more information on NOC, visit:
The purpose of the proposed procurement exercise will be to appoint one supplier who can offer a worldwide service whereby the shipyard engineers and quality processes can be operated in the supplier's own yard or any other shipyard across the world.
Estimated cost excluding VAT:
Range: between 6 000 000 and 9 500 000 GBP


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

50241000, 50241100

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.8)Additional information:

This Prior Information Notice is being issued in order to undertake a market consultation exercise with regards to the service detailed above. If you believe that this will be of interest to you and your organisation, please register your interest by sending an email to the following email address:

NOC will be holding a supplier engagement day in order to help shape this service.
The estimated value of the full contract will range from 6 000 000 GBP to 9 500 000 GBP (TBC). We anticipate this being a 3-year contract with the option for 2 further extension periods of 1-year (TBC).
The engagement day will take place in Southampton in early February 2017. 1 you have registered your interest we will confirm the actual day and time of the engagement day.
NOC may consider information and responses received as part of the preliminary market consultation to help inform NOC's options and further decision making in relation to the planning and conduct of the proposed procurement.
For the avoidance of doubt, this notice is not a Call for Competition; a Contract Notice will be issued as a call for competition. Not registering an interest shall not prevent any supplier participating in a potential future procurement, nor is it intended that any information supplied as part of preliminary market consultation shall place any supplier at an advantage in a potential procurement process. Participation in preliminary market consultation will be at each supplier's own cost.
It is anticipated that the contract will be effective from 1.7.2017 but this date may be subject to change.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: