Supply of Diver Launch and Recovery System

Supply of Diver Launch and Recovery System

Marine equipment. Salvage and Marine Operations has a requirement for a diver Launch and Recovery system (LARS) to support surface supply diving operations to 50 m.

United Kingdom-Bristol: Marine equipment

2014/S 092-161370

Contract notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Ministry of Defence, Ships
DE&S Abbey Wood, Ash 2b, #3212
Contact point(s): Salvage & Marine Operations
For the attention of: Mr Ryan Schofield
BS34 8JH Bristol
Telephone: +44 3067986159

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:

Supply of Diver Launch and Recovery System (A-Frame).

II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance


NUTS code UKK1

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 equipment. Salvage and Marine Operations has a requirement for a diver Launch and Recovery system (LARS) to support surface supply diving operations to 50 m.
The LARS shall achieve the following key objectives:
A. Have a foot print no larger than a 20 foot ISO container.
B. Deploy two surface supplied air divers to a depth of fifty metres.
C. Comply with all relevant UK regulations and industry guidelines.
D. Be a commercial off the shelf design of proven design.
The Launch and Recovery system shall comply with the following specification.
1. The LARS shall be able to deploy two divers to a working depth of fifty metres from a vessel with a freeboard of up to five metres.
2. The diver basket shall be of sufficient size to comfortably accommodate two divers.
3. The basket and winch shall be certified to have a pay load of not less than 500 kg.
4. The diving basket shall fixings for an emergency air supply cylinder with a capacity of not less than 50 litres.
5. The diver basket shall be manufactured from stainless steel.
6. The diver basket winch shall be fitted with limit switches to prevent over winching.
7. The LARS shall have a clump weight system to stabilise the diver basket and prevent rotation.
8. The clump shall weigh at least 200 kg.
9. The LARS shall include a separate winch to operate the clump weight. The clump must be able to deploy to sixty metres depth from a vessel with a five metre freeboard.
10. The LARS shall be supplied with local and remote controls.
11. The controls on both the local and remote controls shall operate the A frame, clump weight winch and diver basket winch. All controls shall be clearly labelled in English.
12. The remote control shall allow the person operating it to move to a position within ten metres of the LARS.
13. The LARS shall be supplied with any hydraulic power packs required to operate the system.
14. The power pack shall operate on 440v, 3 phase 60Hz.
15. The LARS and any required power pack shall be designed to minimise maintenance, this is to include use of low or zero maintenance (materials) where possible and high quality paint systems suitable for the offshore environment.
16. The A frame shall be fitted with flood lights to illuminate the diver basket during launch/recovery.
17. The LARS shall be supplied with details of how much force the system imparts to the deck of a ship during launch and recovery.
18. The LARS shall be supplied with details of the recommended system to be used in securing the A-frame to the deck of a ship.
19. The LARS shall be supplied with designed and tested lifting points.
20. The LARS shall be supplied with certified lifting wires and shackles.
21. There shall be forklift pockets in the base to allow handling and lifting on to lorries.
22. The system shall be supplied with a complete set of operation and maintenance manuals in hard and soft copy.
23. The system shall be supplied with a complete set of as built drawing detailing structure, hydraulic and electrical systems in hard and soft copy.
24. The contractor shall have relevant ISO 9001:2003 certification.
25. The LARS must be supplied with documentation showing conformance to:
a) Lloyds Register of Shipping or DNV design approval.
b) International Maritime Contractors Association (IMCA) guidance documents:
i. DO23 – Design of Surface Orientated (air) Diving Systems.
ii. DO18 – Code of Practise for the initial and periodic examination, testing and certification of Diving Plant and Equipment.
26. The LARS shall be supplied with a certificate file containing but not limited to:
a) Certificate for lifting equipment.
b) Test certificates for any wires, shackles, pulleys etc. used in the system.
c) A Declaration of Conformity (proving conformance with all relevant European Union Directives).
d) Certification for Hydraulic components.

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: yes
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:

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

Duration in months: 4 (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:
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: yes

Description of particular conditions: Electronic Trading Potential suppliers must note the mandatory requirement for electronic trading using the Ministry of Defence’s standard Purchase to Payment (P2P) system operating under the Defence Electronic Commerce Service, which shall be a special condition for the performance of this Contract. You can find details on the P2P system at The Contractor shall be required to sign DEFFORM 30 (Electronic Transaction Agreements) and unconditionally accept DEFCON 5J (Unique Identifiers), DEFCON 129J (The Use of Electronic Business Delivery Form); and DEFCON 522J (Payment under P2P).

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: The Authority will apply all the offences listed in Article 45(1) of Directive 2004/18/EC (implemented as Regulation 23(1) of the Public Contract Regulations (PCR) 2006 in the UK) and all of the professional misconducts listed at Article 45(2) of Directive 2004/18/EC (see also Regulation 23(2) in the PCR 2006) to the decision of whether a Candidate is eligible to be invited to tender.

A full list of the Regulation 23(1) and 23(2) criteria are at

Candidates will be required to sign a declaration confirming whether they do or do not have any of the listed criteria as part of the pre-qualification process. For candidates who are registered overseas, you will need to declare if you have any offences/misconduct under your own countries laws, where these laws are equivalent to the Regulation 23 lists.
Candidates who have been convicted of any of the offences under Article 45(1) are ineligible and will not be selected to bid, unless there are overriding requirements in the general interest for doing so.
Candidates who are guilty of any of the offences, circumstances or misconduct under Article 45(2) may be excluded from being selected to bid at the discretion of the Authority.

III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: (b) The presentation of balance-sheets or extracts from the balance-sheets, where publication of the balance-sheet is required under the law of the country in which the economic operator is established.
(c) A statement of the undertaking’s overall turnover and, where appropriate, of turnover in the area covered by the contract for a maximum of the last three financial years available, depending on the date on which the undertaking was set up or the economic operator started trading, as far as the information on these turnovers is available.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: A financial assessment will be undertaken on the supplier’s financial status. An overall pass / fail judgement will be made after considering areas such as turnover, profit, net assets, liquidity, gearing and capacity.
III.2.3)Technical capacity
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 5: and maximum number 8
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Interested suppliers are required to complete the PQQ to provide information that allows the Authority to evaluate the supplier’s capacities and capabilities.
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

9.6.2014 – 12:00
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
VI.2)Information about European Union funds

VI.3)Additional information

Suppliers must read through this set of instructions and follow the process to respond to this opportunity.

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Suppliers must log in, go to your Response Manager and add the following Access Code: F7A5JR324N. Please ensure you follow any instruction provided to you here.
The deadline for submitting your response(s) is 9.6.2014 12:00. Please ensure that you allow yourself plenty of time when responding to this invite prior to the closing date and time, especially if you have been asked to upload documents.

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The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous tender.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.

From 2.4.2014 the Government is introducing its new Government Security Classifications Policy (GSC) to replace the current Government Protective Marking Scheme. A key aspect of this is the reduction in the number of security classifications used. All suppliers to the Department are encouraged to make themselves aware of the changes as it may impact on this Requirement. The link below to the website provides information on the new GSC.

The Authority reserves the right to amend any condition related to security of information to reflect any changes in national law or government policy. If any contract documents are accompanied by instructions on safeguarding classified information (e.g. a Security Aspects Letter), the Authority reserves the right to amend the terms of these instructions to reflect any changes in national law or government policy, whether in respect of the applicable protective marking scheme, specific protective markings given, the aspects to which any protective marking applies, or otherwise.

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-201459-DCB-5659117

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