Acquisition of Vessel Charter for Gulf of Alaska Ocean Acidification.

Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Western Acquisition Division - Boulder

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Nov 08, 2018 6:00 pm SYNOPSIS / PRE SOLICITATION NOTICE PROJECT TITLE: Acquisition of Vessel Charter for Gulf of Alaska Ocean Acidification.

LOCATION OF WORK: The vessel will operate in the Gulf of Alaska.

NAICS CODE: The NAICS codes for this requirement are 483114- Water Transport, Coastal and Great Lakes Passenger Transport SET-ASIDE STATUS: Small Business DESCRIPTION: NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL), the Alaska Ocean Observing System, and the Hakai Institute intend to jointly conduct scientific research in the Gulf of Alaska.

This research will include deployment and recovery of buoys and moorings, and multiple CTD surveys and zooplankton net tows through the southwestern, central, and eastern Gulf of Alaska (Station Locations and Depths).

SUMMARY OF REQUIREMENTS: One (1) United States Flagged, Oceanographic Research Vessel (ORV) with current United States Coast Guard (USCG) Certificate of Inspection (COI) or COI Endorsement to operate as an Oceanographic Research Vessel for 22 scientists, and experienced crew capable of recovering and deploying a high-latitude buoy, a subsurface mooring, a CTD rosette, and zooplankton nets in the Gulf of Alaska.

The vessel must have winch with conductive electro-mechanical oceanographic cable or wire rope and space available to safely retrieve and deploy an oceanographic CTD (Length 4.5' x Width 4.5' x Height 6.25' weighing 2000 lbs, reach depths of 1000 meters) and provide a second winch to conduct oceanographic sampling with zooplankton nets (Maximum 200 lbs, 500 meters).

The vessel must also be capable of recovering and deploying a high-latitude mooring (buoy with assembled tower is 2600 lbs, 20' tall, 8' in diameter with 3400 lbs chain and 5000 lbs anchor).

The vessel must also have sufficient deck space for a 10' x 24' scientific van that is easily accessible and additional scientific equipment and gear (as listed in Equipment List and Description), provide sufficient lab space, and be equipped with modern navigation and communications electronics and be able to maneuver at speeds between 1 to 3 knots.

An experienced captain and crew will be needed to operate the vessel and ship provided equipment for 24-hour operations, while NOAA Chief Scientist will direct survey and mooring operations.

The vessel will load and unload survey gear at the NOAA Sand Point Pier on Lake Washington in Seattle, WA.

The lake is accessible to oceangoing vessels via the Hiram M.

Chittenden Locks, known locally as the Ballard Locks.

Although the primary focus will be on the Gulf of Alaska, NOAA, PMEL and the Hakai Institute will also be conducting research through Queen Charlotte Sound, Hecate Strait and Dixon Entrance in the Canadian EEZ pending clearance with Canadian authorities.

The scientific party will consist of U.S.

Government employees and their contractors and volunteers and Canadian Government employees and/or their contractors and volunteers.

DELIVERY SCHEDULE: The charter is from Seattle, WA and returning to Seattle, WA.

Scientists will be aboard for thirty (30) days with oceanographic survey work commencing just outside Seattle waterways.

The scientific party will disembark in Kodiak, AK.

The charter vessel will return to Seattle with scientific gear within one month of scientist departure from the vessel in Kodiak.

The 2019 base charter days are intended to begin on or about May 1, 2019.

The exact start date will be determined by the Government in consultation with the offeror.

One (1) day pre-cruise and one (1) day post-cruise will be required for the loading and unloading of Government equipment.

If exercised, up to four (4) of the survey days would be used to transit Clarence Strait, Sumner Strait, Chatham Strait, Icy Strait, and Cross Sound, colloquially known as the U.S.

Inside Passage.

This work would entail high-resolution CTD and zooplankton sampling in a coastal setting.

ESTIMATED SOLICITATION ISSUE DATE: November 14, 2018 QUESTIONS DUE: November 19, 2018 PROPOSAL DUE DATE: December 10, 2018 ANTICIPATED AWARD DATE: January 18, 2019 CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION: To be eligible for award, a contractor must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) at

All offerors must have a Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) identifier.

A DUNS number may be acquired free of charge by contacting Dun & Bradstreet at (800) 333-0505 or online at
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The vessel will load and unload survey gear at the NOAA Sand Point Pier on Lake Washington in Seattle, WA. Seattle, Washington United States
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2018-11-08 17:30:16
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