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/entity: Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) Fleet Solid Support (FSS).

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

Supplies

Directive 2009/81/EC

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

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

Ministry of Defence, DE&S Mat Strat, Commercially Supported Shipping (CSS) Team
Commercially Supported Shipping (CSS) Team, Abbey Wood
Contact point(s): FSS Team
BS34 8JH Bristol
United Kingdom
E-mail:

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority/entity: www.contracts.mod.uk

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
Defence
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:
Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) Fleet Solid Support (FSS).
II.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Supplies
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance:
UK
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 Ministry of Defence (MoD), Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), Commercially Supported Shipping (CSS) team are considering options to optimise the delivery of up to 3 Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) Fleet Solid Support (FSS) Sea Going Vessels. These vessels will have the capability to provide the solid sustainment (food, stores and ammunition) required for Maritime Task Groups and Joint Forces.This will allow the UK to achieve full use of the new Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers. It is issuing this Prior Information Notice, as well as inviting representation from the Ship Design and Ship Build Industry sectors to engage with MoD DE&S to inform the feasibility of the acquisition options that are currently being considered.

Lots

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

34510000

II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures and duration of the contract
Scheduled date for start of award procedures: 31.3.2020
II.7)Additional information:
The Ministry of Defence (MoD), Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), Commercially Supported Shipping (CSS) team are considering options to optimise the delivery of up to 3 Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) Fleet Solid Support (FSS) Sea Going Vessels. These vessels will have the capability to provide the solid sustainment (food, stores and ammunition) required for Maritime Task Groups and Joint Forces. This will allow the UK to achieve full use of the new Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers. It is issuing this Prior Information Notice, as well as inviting representation from the Ship Design and Ship Build Industry sectors to engage with MoD DE&S to inform the feasibility of the acquisition options that are currently being considered.
DE&S will issue an Overview Pack to all respondents to this PIN which will set out the Market Engagement process. This Market Engagement process will involve an initial Industry Day with bilateral meetings to be held at a later date with potential prime contractors who have been invited to participate further. (See Overview Pack for further Information.)
The Industry day will take place on 26.9.2017 in Bristol, United Kingdom.
In issuing this PIN and engaging with the market, DE&S is not committing to carry out any procurement exercises in relation to any or all of the requirements stated in this PIN. Equally non-participation in this Market Engagement will not be taken into account in any future procurement activities and will not preclude any organisation from submitting a tender in any future competitions.
Any organisation wishing to participate in this Market Engagement should respond to DE&S via the following contact email:

by 1.9.2017. Please allow up to 5 days for any Authority response.

Organisations attending will be limited to a maximum of 3 representatives. Due to the number of places available being limited, we may be required to reduce representation numbers per organisation if necessary. (Please note we require responses to the PIN through your company e-mail address only. Responses via personal e-mail addresses will not be accepted.)
Please provide a designated point of contact for your organisation. An Industry Day timetable of events will be issued via the contact point for invited attendees closer to the day.

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:
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 Gov.uk website provides information on the Government Security Classification.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/government-security-classifications

Advertising Regime OJEU:- This contract opportunity is published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU),the MoD Defence Contracts Bulletin and www.contracts.mod.uk GO Reference: GO-2017731-DCB-10741237.

VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:
31.7.2017