Tjenesteydelser - 288997-2016

20/08/2016    S160    European Commission - Services - Contract notice - Open procedure 

Belgium-Brussels: Safe transport of lithium batteries by aircraft

2016/S 160-288997

Contract notice


Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: European Commission, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport
Postal address: rue Demot 28, 07/88
Town: Brussels
NUTS code: BE10
Postal code: 1049
Country: Belgium
Contact person: Vu duc Hoang
Telephone: +32 22988042

Internet address(es):

Main address:

I.2)Information about joint procurement
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: Transport.

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Safe transport of lithium batteries by aircraft.

Reference number: 2016-MOVE-C2-01.
II.1.2)Main CPV code
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

Lithium batteries may have been the cause, or contributed to, uncontrolled fires that led to the loss of several cargo aircraft since last decade. This has prompted EASA, FAA and ICAO to take initiatives to lift this uncertainty and to prevent further incident or accident. This study will assess the potential mitigating measures that can be used to enhance safety when transporting lithium metal and lithium ion batteries on board an aircraft (in cargo bays). Potential risks associated with the latter will be identified, the effectiveness of the different measures assessed and eventually fed to a risk assessment method that shall enable operators to establish and evaluate safe conditions for air transport.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 1 000 000.00 EUR
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: BE1
Main site or place of performance:

Works shall be performed on the contractor's premises, with exception of data collection and coordination meetings that will depend from specific decisions taken within the remit of the contract.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

A full ban on the transport of lithium ion batteries may have significant economic repercussions in Europe, among others. Some States think that the ban could lead to an increase in the incompliances, through more undeclared shipments. Alternatives for the ban should therefore be investigated, notably through the development of reasonable mitigating measures allowing for the safe transport of lithium batteries. Such measures could comprise conditions for transport or standards for packaging that could prevent propagation of fire from battery to battery or cell to cell. Limits as to the numbers of cells and batteries allowed in consignments need also to be researched.

Taking into account their economic relevance, finding measures to safely transport lithium batteries by air would, thus preventing accidents and potentially decreasing the amount of undeclared shipments.

This tender is a contribution to develop standard testing for proposed solutions and to heighten the leverage of Europe in promoting them at the relevant European and international levels — such as EASA and ICAO.

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 24
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
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 III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
List and brief description of conditions:

See tender specifications.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
List and brief description of selection criteria:

See tender specifications.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

See tender specifications.

III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
List and brief description of selection criteria:

See tender specifications.

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:

See tender specifications.

III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.1)Information about a particular profession
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:
III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract
Obligation to indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff assigned to performing the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
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.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 30/09/2016
Local time: 16:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 6 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 05/10/2016
Local time: 10:30

rue Demot 28, 1049 Brussels, BELGIUM.

Information about authorised persons and opening procedure:

Tenderers may attend the opening process but cannot be represented by more than 1 person. At the end of the opening session, the chairperson of the opening committee will indicate the names of the tenderers and decision concerning the admissibility of each offer received. The price mentioned in the bid will not be communicated.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:
VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: General Court of the European Union
Postal address: rue du Fort Niedergrünewald
Town: Luxembourg
Postal code: 2925
Country: Luxembourg
VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: