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Warships

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 12 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1407W, on warships, what assessment the Royal Navy made of the merits of (a) compiling a shortlist of tenderers for the contract entitled Vessel Requirement S&MO CB/3193 and (b) inviting tenderers to visit the Falkland Islands to enable clear visibility of the requirement before being given the opportunity to revise or confirm any bid. (256667)

13 companies submitted tenders for the provision of harbour support and coastal re-supply services to the Falkland Islands. In accordance with MOD and EU commercial regulations, as well as best practice, all tenders were evaluated against declared technical and commercial evaluation criteria. The three best tenders were subsequently short listed and these companies were offered the opportunity to visit the Falkland Islands but all three declined.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1407W, on warships, what steps the Royal Navy took to assess tenderers for the contract entitled Vessel Requirement S&MO CB/3193 according to their understanding of the project requirement; what visits were made to the site for this purpose; and on what dates the requirement was discussed with the officer responsible for this operation. (256668)

Tenderers for the provision of harbour support and coastal re-supply services to the Falkland Islands were assessed against pre-determined technical and commercial evaluation criteria that were supplied to the companies when they were invited to bid for the requirement.

The tender evaluation panel included personnel who have visited the Falkland Islands on a number of occasions and who have therefore built up a good working knowledge of the requirement. The views of MOD personnel based on the Islands, who are responsible for the day to day operation of the service, were also obtained.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1407W, on warships, what plans the Royal Navy have to proceed with the award of the contract entitled Vessel Requirement S&MO CB/3193 to Van Wijingaarden Marine Services B.V.; and what account the Royal Navy has taken of the expert opinion on the suitability of the interim vessel delivered on 2 February. (256669)

The contract for the provision of harbour support and coastal re-supply services to the Falkland Islands was awarded to Van Wijingaarden Marine Services B.V. on 23 January 2009 and the service is due to commence on 1 April 2009. Under the contract, the company will provide a temporary vessel which will result in an acceptable provision of an interim service until the arrival of new permanent vessels which are in the process of being built. As was made clear to all bidders in clarification advice that was provided to them during the tendering process, MOD recognised that complete solutions may not be in place before the contract was awarded and that interim solutions would therefore be acceptable.

A number of expert opinions, including from MOD personnel who are responsible for the day to day operation of the service, were sought about Van Wijingaarden’s proposals for fulfilling the contract.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 5 February 2009, Official Report, column 1407W, on warships, for what reason the requirements of the Royal Navy contract entitled Specialist Vessel Requirement S&MO CB/3193 were changed to a tugging contract after the tender had been awarded. (256670)

The tugging elements of the requirement for the provision of harbour support and coastal re-supply services to the Falkland Islands have not changed since they were specified in the invitations to tender that were issued in October 2008.