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Charter for an Ice Capable Antarctic Research & Supply Vessel (ARSV)

Solicitation Number: _not_applicable
Agency: National Science Foundation
Office: Division of Acquisition and Cooperative Support
Location: DACS
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Added: Apr 08, 2009 6:46 pm
This notice is for informational purposes only. It is being posted by the National Science Foundation on behalf of Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC in support of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP).

Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC, Polar Services, (RPSC) is soliciting proposals towards securing a charter for an ice capable Antarctic Research and Supply Vessel (ARSV) to operate in the Southern Ocean around the Antarctic Peninsula and other locations in support of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP).

RPSC presently charters and provides science support staffing on the R/V LAURENCE M. GOULD and the R/V NATHANIEL B. PALMER for the National Science Foundation (NSF), an agency of the United States Government. On behalf of the NSF RPSC is pursuing the charter of a vessel to meet the oceanographic and logistics support requirements of the USAP. The vessel is to be chartered for a period of five (5) years with options for another five (5) years. The purpose of this announcement is to seek interested parties in industry capable of supplying a vessel to continue to provide services currently supported by the R/V LAURENCE M. GOULD. RPSC will be seeking proposals from firms that have existing similar classed vessels.

The vessel will be required to operate frequently in the often extremely stormy waters south of Cape Horn in the Drake Passage with regular operations south of 60 degrees South Latitude and in sea ice in to support oceanographic research and USAP logistics for Palmer Station and other field locations. The vessel must be seaworthy, fully found, appropriately classed, be able to provide a stable platform from which to conduct scientific research and comfortable enough to safely support personnel at sea for extended periods. Such remote operations necessarily require a reliable and well fitted vessel. Operations in support of scientific research and the requirement to re-supply and carry personnel to Palmer Station will be of equal importance within the technical requirements of the Request for proposal (RFP).

To receive a full RFP package pleases contact Jim Weber at RPSC below. Proposals are due to RPSC by 11 May 2009 and should be submitted to:

Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC

Polar Services

7400 S. Tucson Way

Centennial, CO 80112-3938

Attn: Mr. Jim Weber

720-568-2343 Office

303-790-9129 Fax

4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230
7400 S. Tucson Way

Centennial, Colorado 80112-3938
United States
Mr. Jim Weber,
Contract Manager
Phone: 720-568-2343
Fax: 303-790-9129