Solway Firth Cockle Fisheries Science Study: Management Investigation

Solway Firth Cockle Fisheries Science Study: Management Investigation

Marine Scotland wish to test this management approach to achieve the sustainable harvest of cockles whilst encouraging a long term management ethos within the fishery.

United Kingdom-Aberdeen: Marine research services

2013/S 154-268663

Contract notice

Services

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

The Scottish Ministers acting through the Scottish Government
Marine Scotland, Marine Laboratory, PO Box 101, 375 Victoria Road, Torry
Contact point(s): Procurement
For the attention of: Bob McLeod
AB11 9DB Aberdeen
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 1224876544
E-mail: bob.mcleod@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
Fax: +44 1224295511

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: http://www.scotland.gov.uk

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA10482

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

General public services
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)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Solway Firth Cockle Fisheries Science Study: Management Investigation.
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

Services
Service category No 8: Research and development services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Solway Firth.
NUTS code UKM32

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)

Marine Scotland will be testing a territorial users rights for fisheries which is a system that allocates an area of sea to a specified group, often community organised, who then undertake further allocations within that group for a set period of time to sustainably manage the stock.
Marine Scotland wish to test this management approach to achieve the sustainable harvest of cockles whilst encouraging a long term management ethos within the fishery.
NOTE: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=273911

The awarding authority has indicated that it will accept electronic responses to this notice via a ‘Tender Submission Postbox’ facility. Further details of this facility are available at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/PostBox/Postbox_Explain.aspx?ID=273911

Suppliers are advised to allow adequate time for uploading documents and to dispatch the electronic response well in advance of the closing time to avoid any last minute problems. The postbox closes precisely at the time stated.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

73112000

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

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.8)Lots

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:

3 Month Management Investigation. No payment will be made by Marine Scotland for services provided. The supplier will be allowed to retain the proceeds from sale of the cockle harvest during the three month period.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 250 000 and 500 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options

Options: no
II.2.3)Information about renewals

This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Starting 16.9.2013. Completion 16.12.2013

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

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

none
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

Delivery payment
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

single legal entity required
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

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Requirements indicated in Pre-Qualification Questionnaire attached.
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: Requirements indicated in Pre-Qualification Questionnaire attached.
III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
Requirements indicated in Pre-Qualification Questionnaire attached.
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

Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: yes

Section IV: Procedure

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

Accelerated restricted
Justification for the choice of accelerated procedure: We wish to apply accelerated procedures to ensure that harvest of cockles occurs at a time which ensures a good quality product and which does not increase the health and safety risks under which the cockle pickers work.
Cockles are best harvested at the end of the summer from September onwards to ensure the best quality product, but before winter properly sets in as they are susceptible to frost damage and can simply be washed away by winter storms. As a result there is a fairly short season from early September through early November during which harvesting needs to take place.
There are also important health and safety reasons to get the harvest underway by September in addition to the considerations about the cockles themselves outlined above. Cockle picking can be dangerous at the best of times with pickers exposed to dangers from tides, weather and quicksands. These risks only increase as the weather worsens and the days shorten as the season progresses. The more of the harvest that can be cleared during the more benign period of the season the better for the safety and wellbeing of the men and women involved.
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate

Envisaged minimum number 5: and maximum number 10
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Technical and professional capability
Economic and financial standing
Criminal Convictions and business probity
Insurance
Conflicts of interest
Health & Safety
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:

MS/0178
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

16.8.2013 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates

21.8.2013
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up

English.
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
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
VI.3)Additional information

(SC Ref:273911)
VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals

Precise information on deadline(s) for lodging appeals: An economic operator that suffers, or risks suffering, loss or damage attributable to a breach of duty under Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012 No 88) may bring proceedings in the Sheriff Court or Court of Session. Any such action must be brought promptly (generally within 3 months).
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:6.8.2013