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Colombia - Construction of Andalucia Port on the Magdalena River

Solicitation Number: 2012-51014A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Added: May 25, 2012 1:25 pm
POC Anthony O'Tapi, USTDA
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
Tel: (703) 875-4357
Fax: (703) 875-4009
***Please do not contact contracts office***

Proposal Submission Place:
Mr. Luis Eduardo Jiménez Benedetti
Investment Planning Director
Terminal Fluvial Andalucía, S.A.
Manga, Terminal Marítimo
P.O. Box 7954
Cartagena de Indias, D.T.y C.
Phone: (57) 5 660-7781
Fax: (57) 5 660-9004

The Grantee (Terminal Fluvial Andalucia, S.A.) invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the "Proposal") from interested U.S. firms that are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to develop a feasibility study for the construction of the Andalucía River Port Terminal.

Grupo Puerto de Cartagena (GPC) and its member companies, specifically the recently formed company Terminal Fluvial Andalucía, S.A. (TFA), are pursuing the development of a river port located on a 365 hectare property near Gamarra, about 496 kilometers upstream from Barranquilla on the Magdalena River. The Port of Cartagena is considered to be Colombia's premier port and is an important shipping hub for the country as well as for the Caribbean as a whole. Under the management of Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Cartagena (SPRC, the flagship company of GPC), the Port of Cartagena and its sister facility, Terminal de Contenedores de Cartagena ("Contecar"), have experienced a substantial increase in the volume of cargo handled over the last decade.

The objective of this Feasibility Study is to determine the technical and financial viability of, as well as prepare preliminary designs for, a new inland river port along the Magdalena River in Colombia. The study is to consider engineering, technology, and equipment/infrastructure needs required for the development of a modern, cost-effective feeder port to Cartagena and Barranquilla on the Magdalena River that will handle containers, vehicles, and solid and liquid bulk commodities.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $550,000 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). In addition, the Grantee will provide a cash contribution of $166,667 on a pro rata basis in proportion to the funding being provided by USTDA to partially fund the costs of goods and services required for the completion of the Terms of Reference (USTDA US$550,000: Grantee US$166,667). Further, the Grantee will also separately and directly cover the cost of the required topographical and hydrographic surveys and site investigations, lodging, local transportation, and site visits for Contractor personnel.

A detailed Request for Proposals (RFP), which includes requirements for the Proposal, the Terms of Reference, and portions of a background desk study report are available from USTDA, at 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901. To request the RFP in PDF format, please go to:

Requests for a mailed hardcopy version of the RFP may also be faxed to the IRC, USTDA at 703-875-4009. In the fax, please include your firm's name, contact person, address, and telephone number. Some firms have found that RFP materials sent by U.S. mail do not reach them in time for preparation of an adequate response. Firms that want USTDA to use an overnight delivery service should include the name of the delivery service and your firm's account number in the request for the RFP. Firms that want to send a courier to USTDA to retrieve the RFP should allow one hour after faxing the request to USTDA before scheduling a pick-up. Please note that no telephone requests for the RFP will be honored. Please check your internal fax verification receipt. Because of the large number of RFP requests, USTDA cannot respond to requests for fax verification. Requests for RFPs received before 4:00 PM will be mailed the same day. Requests received after 4:00 PM will be mailed the following day. Please check with your courier and/or mail room before calling USTDA.

Only U.S. firms and individuals may bid on this USTDA financed activity. Interested firms, their subcontractors and employees of all participants must qualify under USTDA's nationality requirements as of the due date for submission of qualifications and proposals and, if selected to carry out the USTDA-financed activity, must continue to meet such requirements throughout the duration of the USTDA-financed activity. All goods and services to be provided by the selected firm shall have their nationality, source and origin in the U.S. or host country. The U.S. firm may use subcontractors from the host country for up to 20 percent of the USTDA grant amount. Details of USTDA's nationality requirements and mandatory contract clauses are also included in the RFP. The Grantee's cash contributions are not subject to USTDA's nationality provisions.

Interested U.S. firms should submit their Proposal in English directly to the Grantee by 5 pm on July 13, 2012 at the above address. Evaluation criteria for the Proposal are included in the RFP. Price will not be a factor in contractor selection, and therefore, cost proposals should NOT be submitted. The Grantee reserves the right to reject any and/or all Proposals. The Grantee also reserves the right to contract with the selected firm for subsequent work related to the project. The Grantee is not bound to pay for any costs associated with the preparation and submission of Proposals.

1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600,
C/O US TDA 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, Virginia 22209-3901
Anthony O'Tapi
Phone: 703-875-4357