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United Kingdom-Gourock: Repair and maintenance services of ships
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
CalMac Ferries Ltd is seeking to implement a maintenance and overhaul strategy for their vessels, based on longer-term maintenance and overhaul arrangements, offering increased value for money, improved reliability and availability of vessels, increased stability for support suppliers that allows for increased investment and continuous improvement and innovative approaches to delivering an enhanced service for the end user customers — the ferry passengers.
The estimated value excluding VAT: 7 500 000 GBP-12 500 000 GBP per year.
CalMac Ferries Ltd (CFL) is an operating company of the David MacBrayne Group, which is wholly owned by Scottish Ministers. It operates the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service contract, providing passenger, vehicle and freight shipping services on 29 routes, serving 53 ports and harbours across the west coast of Scotland and the Scottish Islands.
It operates a fleet of 33 vessels and carries 5 500 000 passengers and 1 500 000 vehicles annually with an average 440 sailings a day. The company earned the National Transport Award for Ferry Operator of the Year in 2018, delivering punctuality and technical reliability performance at 99,6 % and 99,4 % respectively.
CFL are seeking to implement a maintenance and overhaul strategy for their vessels, based on competitive longer-term maintenance and overhaul arrangements, that offers increased value for money, improved reliability and availability of vessels in support of the operating timetable, increased stability for support suppliers that allows for increased investment and continuous improvement, and innovative approaches to delivering an enhanced service for the end user customers — the ferry passengers.
CFL is seeking to develop, in conjunction with suppliers, an approach to the challenge of providing a high-quality ferry service, which will balance the economic, political, legal and operational constraints in order to deliver a strategic approach to ship repair in Scotland and provide value for money for the tax payer.
Duration of a new contract will be discussed with potential suppliers, but will need to align with CalMac’s operating contract. Contracts scope will cover the annual overhaul requirement and may also include additional preventative maintenance, and unplanned/emergency repairs and upgrades to improve reliability and reduce maintenance costs.
Scope of work is specific vessel dependent; the vessels are currently in dock for 2 to 3 weeks with small vessels on average between 1 and 2 weeks but may be longer depending on work scope. Vessels are subject to specific operational areas contained in the load line certificate for each vessel. Any contractor will require to be located within the geographical restrictions of the vessel. Vessel movements may also be subject to favourable weather conditions and MCA approval.
It has not yet been decided is this procurement will be split into lots.
We are engaging in a market sounding exercise to establish market capability and appetite to ensure that requirements and procurement strategy are fit for purpose. Suppliers interested in this procurement opportunity should contact the contact point named above. The procurement outlined is subject to internal approvals and this notice should not be taken as a definitive statement of intent.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
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