This week we look at a Defence panel refresh that is seeking Maritime Certification and Classification Services. The current panel was created in May 2013 for an initial period of 5 years with extension options. The Commonwealth is now seeking to assess the market for new players. The use of civilian shipping classification societies has been undertaken by Defence for almost 20 years as a way of obtaining independent assurance services for Defence vessels. It is considered to be industry best practice providing a heightened level of confidence to ensure that vessels are operated, maintained and comply with Flag State statutory requirements.
Defence is looking to secure a number of Contractors, under a Standing Offer arrangement whereby customers can use the services of a classification society to certify that RAN vessels are compliant with International Maritime Organisation (IMO) requirements. This will include determining a certification process involving regular inspections to verify a vessel is compliant against Class requirements.
Tenderers must be a Recognised Organisation of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and may be required to obtain security clearances throughout the duration of the Deed. No joint or part tenders will be accepted, and it is anticipated that the Deed will be signed by May 2019. An industry briefing will be conducted at Commonwealth premises in Canberra ACT in the second week of the tender response period. This Request For Tender closes 20 Nov 18.