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/entity: GPFF/Type 31 Independent Commercial Ship Design and Support Customer Friend.

Prior information notice for contracts in the field of defence and security


Directive 2009/81/EC

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

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

Ministry of Defence, Ships, Other
Ship Acquisition, Commercial, Ash 0C, #3016, Filton
Contact point(s): Sam Taylor
BS34 8JH Bristol
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3067935169

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority/entity:

Further information can be obtained from: 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/entities
The contracting authority/entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities/entities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority/entity:
GPFF/Type 31 Independent Commercial Ship Design and Support Customer Friend.
II.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Service category No 26: Other services
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance:
II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and scope of works or nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:
The MOD GPFF/Type 31 Project Team is potentially seeking a Customer Friend to provide independent, specialist commercial experience of ship build and design:
- To help the MoD to understand the cost implications of ‘preferential engineering’ and of specifying naval standards and bespoke equipment.
- To provide constructive challenge during trade-offs relating to standards, innovation, minimising through life costs and ensuring that the design both has sufficient flexibility for export and facilitates modern methods of construction.
- To provide constructive challenge to ship design and input to the build strategy.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 4 500 000 GBP


This contract is divided into lots: no
II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures and duration of the contract
Scheduled date for start of award procedures: 12.5.2017
II.7)Additional information:
Customer Friend contractors will be required to cooperate with other Customer Friend contractors in order to work as a cohesive team.
The aim is to bring challenge and learning from the commercial shipping sector, to complement separate defence related Customer Friend support and thereby avoid any tendency to over-specify the GPFF/Type 31 Design.
As a minimum, personnel engaged on any resulting contract must hold SC Security Clearance (or National equivalent) or be prepared to apply for such clearance.
In accordance with the Ministry of Defence Commercial Policy and provided there are no national security constraints, the MOD may allow suppliers to operate on both client and supply side in any future phases of the GPFF/T31 Project providing an actual Conflict Of Interest or potential COI can be satisfactorily managed to avoid any unfair distortion in competition. Where a potential COI is identified MOD will assess the suppliers Compliancy Regime before issuing any Invitation to Tender.
Our intention is to publish a Contract Notice for these Customer Friend requirements in January 2017. A commercial focal point has been set up to answer any questions in relation to the PIN. Interested parties should be aware that in order to ensure equal treatment and transparency questions and answers relating to this PIN may be published to all interested parties.

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
Information to follow.
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
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. The link below to the website provides information on the Government Security Classification.

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-2016128-DCB-9206288.

VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: