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Morocco - Port of Casablanca Safety and Security Feasibility Study

Solicitation Number: 2012-21015A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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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. Rachid Hadi
Director of Operations, Port of Casablanca
Member of the Board of Directors
Marsa Maroc
2, Bd Des Almohades-20 100
Casablanca, Marocco
Phone: +212 6 61 91 56 03
Email: hadi@marsamaroc.co.ma

The Grantee 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 (the "Study") that will identify and recommend site specific initiatives and related investments to improve the security and safety of operations at the Port of Casablanca. The Study will evaluate and recommend the technical, institutional, and financial investments necessary for the Port of Casablanca to fully comply with International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) security protocol. The Study will also recommend operational strategies, including safety and security training modules and a revised standard operation procedures manual, to improve the safety of the work environment. In addition, the Study will prepare a Facility and Equipment Requirements Implementation Plan, a Standard Operating Procedures Manual, and a Safety and Security Training Module.


With its strategic geographical location, Morocco's ports system is an international logistics platform between Europe and Africa. Since 1980, Moroccan ports overall shipping volume has been growing at an annual average growth rate of 5%. Accordingly, Morocco is investing in projects to increase port capacity; encourage greater private sector participation in port commercial activities; reduce port transit costs; and strengthen the competitiveness of the national shipping lines. Between 2011-2015, the Moroccan government, through the National Ports Agency (ANP), will invest $360 million to modernize port infrastructure along its expansive Atlantic coastline.


Morocco has 34 ports, 11 of which include international commercial activities. The Port of Casablanca is the country's largest port, accounting for 32% of overall national traffic. This traffic is expected to increase as ANP has committed to a new $76.5 million investment for a logistics and multimodal zone in Casablanca, which will increase the Port's connectivity to inland transportation sources. The primary goods processed at the Port of Casablanca include vehicles; food products; iron and steel; wood products; cattle feed; and coal.


In 2006, Morocco passed a ports sector reform to split the functions of authority and business operations throughout ports in Morocco, enabling competition between port operators and allowing for increased private sector participation. As result of this legislation, ANP was instituted as the port authority of Morocco and Société D'Exploitation des Ports (Marsa Maroc) as a prime port operator. Marsa Maroc currently manages the ports of Casablanca, Mohammedia, Agadir, Safi, Jorf Lasfar, and Tangier-Med II and employs 2,300 people. Between 2011-2013, Marsa Maroc plans to issue $18 million in procurement opportunities for equipment and services to support cargo and container facilities.


As the primary port, the Port of Casablanca is the priority investment of Marsa Maroc and is committed to improving both security and safety throughout their port operations. Currently, the Port of Casablanca is seeking to implement the advanced security measures of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS). Among other standards, the ISPS recommends minimum security arrangements for port facilities used in international trade. Marsa Maroc also recognizes the need to increase safety capacity and improve operating procedures to ensure maximum safety of the port infrastructure, workers, and operators.


The objective of the Study is to identify and recommend site specific initiatives and related investments to improve the security and safety of operations at the Port of Casablanca. The Study will evaluate and recommend the technical, institutional, and financial investments necessary for the Port of Casablanca to fully comply with ISPS security protocol. The Study will also recommend operational strategies, including safety and security training modules and a revised standard operation procedures manual, to improve the safety of the work environment. In addition, the Study will prepare a Facility and Equipment Requirements Implementation Plan, a Standard Operating Procedures Manual, and a Safety and Security Training Module.


The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a US$571,458 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). N.B.: The U.S. firm selected to work on the Port of Casablanca Safety and Security Feasibility Study will not be permitted to participate in the implementation phase of the project, per the procurement laws that apply to the Grantee.


A detailed Request for Proposals (RFP), which includes requirements for the Proposal, the Terms of Reference, and portions of a background definitional mission/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:

https://www.ustda.gov/businessopps/rfpform.asp

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.


Interested U.S. firms should submit their Proposal in English directly to the Grantee by 4:00 PM LOCAL TIME, JUNE 26, 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.



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