04 Oct 2019

United Kingdom-Plymouth: Marine Business Technology Centre, Plymouth. Buoy Platform Tender Specification

Type of document: Contract Awards
Country: United Kingdom
OJEU Ref: (2019/S 191-463859/EN)
Nature of contract: Supply contract
Procedure: Open procedure
Regulation of procurement: EU
Type of bid required: Not applicable

Contract award notice

Section I: Contracting authority
I.1) Name and addresses
Official name: Plymouth Marine Laboratory
National registration number: 4178503
Postal address: Prospect Place, The Hoe
Town: Plymouth
Postal code: PL1 3DH
Country: United Kingdom
Contact Person: Justine Dolling
Email: jud@pml.ac.uk
Internet address(es):
Main address: www.pml.ac.uk
Official name: Plymouth Marine Laboratory
National registration number: 4178503
Postal address: Prospect Place, The Hoe
Town: Plymouth
Postal code: PL1 3DH
Country: United Kingdom
Contact Person: Justine Dolling
Email: jud@pml.ac.uk
Internet address(es):
Main address: www.pml.ac.uk

I.2) Joint Procurement:
The contract involves joint procurement
I.4) Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5) Main activity

Section II: Object
II.1) Scope of the procurement
II.1.1) Title: Marine Business Technology Centre, Plymouth. Buoy Platform Tender Specification
II.1.2) Main CPV code: 50246200
II.1.3) Type of contract Supplies
II.1.4) Short Description: PML is now seeking tenders for the replacement of the L4 buoy which has provided excellent service for over 10 years in the field. The envisaged new buoy platform will provide the necessary infrastructure for PML to make significant technical and scientific advancements at the L4 station.
II.1.6) Information about lots:
The contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7) Total value of the procurement(excluding VAT)
II.2) Description
II.2.3) Place of performance
Nuts code: UK, UKK41
II.2.4) Description of the procurement
Site description:
The western English Channel is a hostile environment for the long-term deployment of oceanographic equipment. It can be subject to strong winds at any time throughout the year with gales and storms being commonplace especially in the winter months. The prevailing winds are from the southwest and, due to the long fetch; these can generate powerful swell and large waves (during storm events to the order of 10 m). The tides are moderately strong (typically 0,6 – 0,8 ms-1 at mean spring tide with maximums anticipated in the region of 1 ms-1) with a tidal range of almost 6 m at extreme spring tides. In addition the English Channel is a major thoroughfare for commercial shipping and Plymouth itself is a naval port with a sizeable fishing fleet. The buoy and any fixed moorings need to be well characterised in order to avoid any potential collisions and strong enough to withstand the elements. Whilst the present buoy doesn’t measure wave height there is a wave buoy in close proximity (5 nautical miles) operated as part of the Channel Coastal Observatory (); wind data is available from the Rame Head Meteorological Station (4 nautical miles north of L4; () and the meteorological data measured on the existing L4 buoy can be accessed at: The L4 station has a charted depth of 51 m but as mentioned above the large tidal range should be taken into consideration.
Hardware requirement and specification.
The envisaged replacement platform is required to be of suitable size and design to maintain the existing time-series measurements with the addition of a water column profiling capability. The WCO is recognised as a UK Natural Environment Research Council National capability: in addition to the data buoys, vessel sampling is also maintained on a weekly basis. With a constant requirement for new measurements driven by both scientific aspirations and also technical advances, it is essential that the buoy platform has the scope to accommodate third party prototype sensors.
— the platforms should be of modular construction and be simple and straightforward to change component parts. Where possible the construction materials should be lightweight and be highly resilient to chemical and biological corrosion and fouling. It is also important that the structure is easily cleaned in situ,
— the buoy supplied must be able to withstand the hostile marine environment found in the western approaches off Plymouth,
— it is expected that the buoy will have a minimum lifespan of 10 years – accepting the need to replace some component parts during this time due to wear and tear,
— the buoy platform will be supplied in Yellow indicating special mark in line with IALA requirements,
— suitable lifting point arrangements must be incorporated into the design and be appropriately placed as to not compromise any sensors during lifting,
— the buoy should be sufficiently ballasted to maintain inherent stability in the event of breaking free from moorings and for towing and installation purposes,
— non slip surfaces are required in locations accessed by personnel,
— the buoy platform will have good sea keeping abilities and be as stable as possible in all sea conditions.
Please see tender documents for full breakdown and details of the following elements:
— hull,
— superstructure,
— winch assembly,
— power systems,
— control, integration and communication,
— mooring design,
— final considerations.

II.2.5)Award criteria

II.2.11) Information about options
Options no
II.2.13) Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: yes
Identification of the project:Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), in partnership with the Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC), Plymouth, has an exciting opportunity to acquire a new state-of-the-art buoy platform. The MBTC is funded by the European Regional Development Fund to provide innovation services to the marine industry. A major component of the MBTC project is to enhance and develop “Smart Sound Plymouth”
II.2.14) Additional information: An in-sea trials environment for new and innovative technologies. Through this project PML seek to replace an existing buoy platform with a new buoyed platform capable of continuing and enhancing existing oceanographic time series by adding additional functionality including an in-water profiling instrument package and the ability to ‘plug-in and play’ a wide range of innovative marine technology.

Section IV: Procedure
IV.1) Description
IV.1.1) Type of procedure
Open procedure
IV.1.3) Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
The procurement involves the establishment of a framework agreement
IV.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement(GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no
IV.2) Administrative information
IV.2.1) Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S:2019/S 119-291341
Section V: Award of contract
Title: Marine Business Technology Centre, Plymouth. Buoy Platform Tender Specification

A contract/lot is awarded yes
V.2) Award of contract
V.2.1) Date of conclusion of the contract:2019-09-30
V.2.2) Information about tenders
Number of tenders received:3
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3) Name and address of the contractor
Official name: Hydrosphere UK Ltd
Town: Hampshire
Country: United Kingdom
Nuts code: UKJ36
The contractor is an SME no

V.2.4) Information on value of the contract/lot(excluding VAT)
Total value of the contract/lot:307677.92

Section VI: Complementary information
VI.4) Procedures for review
VI.4.1) Review body
Official name: Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Postal address: Prospect Place, The Hoe, Plymouth
Town: Plymouth
Postal code: PL1 3DH
Country: United Kingdom

VI.4.3) Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:
All tenders will be reviewed and assessed within 14 days from the end of the tender publishing.

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice: