NATO Submarine Rescue System In Service Support

NATO Submarine Rescue System In Service Support

The Authority is considering establishing a Contract for delivery of in service-support of the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS) for a period of five years from July 2015, plus 3 option years.

United Kingdom-Bristol: Submarines

2013/S 176-304087

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

In-Service Submarines (ISM) Team, DE&S
Ash 3B, #3309 Abbey Wood
Contact point(s): DES SM IS-Comrcl-1b
For the attention of: James Rowe
BS34 8JH Bristol
Telephone: +44 3067934928
Fax: +44 1179132950

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

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity

I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS) in service support.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Service category No 27: Other services

II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)

The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)

Submarines. The Authority is considering establishing a Contract for delivery of in service-support of the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS) for a period of five years from July 2015, plus 3 option years. The service and operation required shall be delivered within the existing infrastructure arrangement, currently at the HQ based at HMNB Clyde. The Authority may be willing to consider a move to an alternate location providing value for money, and no loss of system availability can be demonstrated.
The NSRS is a globally deployable submarine rescue system currently operated under a Government Owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) arrangement. NSRS primary objective is to provide a world-wide, continuously available and sustainable capability to rescue personnel in the event of the sinking of a Participant Nation submarine.
The Project is tri-national; United Kingdom, France and Norway form the Partner Nations. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Partner Nations committing to the equitable contribution to the cost of the support and operation of the NSRS until 2032. The Partner Nations (PNs), United Kingdom, France and Norway, have procured the NSRS in order to have the capability to rescue a crew from a Distressed Submarine. In addition, to direct the operational deployment of the NSRS, they have established a joint committee, the International Project Executive Committee (IPEC), to act as a single, unified supervisory body.
NSRS consists of several key components, together they make up the most capable deployable submarine rescue system available. These key components are:
a) The Submarine Rescue Vehicle (SRV) is capable of lifting up to 12 survivors from a DISSUB at 610m and inclined at an angle of as much as 60 degrees. Powered by innovative Zebra batteries, its maximum speed, endurance and manoeuvrability ensure high confidence in its ability to conduct rescues in all probable situations.
b) Portable Launch and Recovery System (PLARS). The PLARS breaks down for transport (by road and air) and can be reassembled on a suitably prepared ship in a few hours. It is capable of launching and recovering the SRV in up to 5m sea height.
c) The Transfer Under Pressure System (TUP). The TUP accepts survivors from the SRV at an elevated pressure and returns them to surface pressure. It consists of two large recompression chambers and supporting equipment, capable of being broken down for transport (by road and air).
d) The Intervention System (IS). A separate self-contained sub system of the NSRS centred around a capable Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The IS will arrive on scene first and prepare the DISSUB for the rescue and maintain survivable conditions therein.
e) Supporting Equipment. Various containerised equipments support the NSRS and they provide electrical power, spares, workshops, communications, tracking and navigation. All are air transportable and capable of rapid deployment and assembly.
Suppliers will be invited to tender based on an assessment of submitted evidence of relevant experience and performance in terms of their capability and capacity to fulfil the requirement. A pre qualification questionnaire may be issued to those companies expressing interest and prior to issue of invitations to tender.
Expressions of interest to participate in this requirement are to be submitted in writing or by email to: Mr James Rowe, #3309 Ash 3b
Abbey Wood, Bristol, BS34 8JH. Tel +44 30 679 34928, E-mail:

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no

This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

In service support and operational availability of NSRS from July 2015 to 2020 with options to further extend by 3 years.
The Contractor will be required to carry out the full NSRS Through Life Exercise Programme agreed by the Authority and presented in a Through Life Exercise Schedule (TLES). The exercise regime shall afford system operators adequate levels of practical experience and shall take account of the exercise needs of the Partner Nations including:
— Deployment to each Partner nation.
— Participation in the Triennial NATO Livex (geographic areas to be confirmed).
— Biennial deployments to the two Partner Nations outside the Base Nation (Scotland).
— At least one training deployment per year to include an Exercise DISSUB (Distressed Submarine), to be arranged by the Authority.
— Flyaway deployments as required.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 20 000 000 and 40 000 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: The Authority intends to let the resultant contract for an initial period of five (5) years with an option to further extend for a further period of up to three (3) years.
II.2.3)Information about renewals
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:

This will be detailed at the Tender stage.
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.1.4)Other particular conditions

The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Company financial details will be requested in a Pre Qualification Questionnaire.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Companies will be required to demonstrate their Technical capacity during the PQQ and subsequent Tender stage.
III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure

IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 2: and maximum number 5
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: As set out in the Pre Qualification Questionnaire document.
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria

The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction

An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:

IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

22.10.2013 – 14:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information

Suppliers interested in working with the Ministry of Defence should register on the MOD Supplier Information Database (SID) Register, available at

The MOD SID is a database of active and potential suppliers available to all MOD and UK Defence procurement personnel, and is the main supplier database of MOD Procurement organisations. Please note: the registration and publication of a company profile on the MOD SID does not mean or imply that the supplier has in any way been vetted or approved by the MOD. Suppliers wishing to compete for advertised MOD contracts must respond to any specific call for competition by submitting a separate expression of interest in accordance with the instructions of the purchasing organisation.
Advertising Regime OJEU:- This contract opportunity is published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), the MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin and GO Reference: GO-201396-DCB-5097453

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

In-Service Submarines (ISM) Team, DE&S
#3309 Ash 3b, Abbey Wood
BS34 8JH Bristol
Telephone: +44 3067934928

VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:6.9.2013