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Norway-Bergen: Hire of boats with crew
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
20/01198 — Contract for the Annual Hire of a Vessel for Whale Counting 2021-2024
The Institute of Marine Research (the Contracting Authority) would like to hire a vessel for the annual whale counting mission in the North East Atlantic Ocean (the Greenland Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the Barents Sea, and the North Sea) in the period 2021-2024.
The North East Atlantic.
The contracting authority will count whales and carry out associated stock surveys, with the priority being minke whale. Over a 6-year period, these missions will cover the Barents Sea, Svalbard, the Greenland Sea, Jan Mayen, the Norwegian Sea and the North Sea in a mosaic system where one subarea is covered each year.
The contracting authority would like to use the vessel to carry out transect counts where the vessel follows course lines that are decided in advance. The course lines are to be continually followed in accordance with specific rules for as long as the observation conditions fulfil the specific wind, weather and visibility requirements.
Data is to be collected during the transect sailings for all observations of whales and of weather conditions from two independent look-out places, each with room for two persons. A sub-area of the North East Atlantic is to be covered each year so that approx. every sixth year, we can calculate the number of whales in the total area for management purposes.
The annual hire period will be 56 days within the period 1 June-31 August.
The Institute of Marine Research will have up to 11 participants on board.
The port for the start and end of each mission is Bergen (for the southern areas) or Tromsø (for the northern areas).
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
See the tender documentation.
Section IV: Procedure
The Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, the procurement section.
Section VI: Complementary information
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