NOAA seeking shipyard bids for new fisheries survey vessel

The following is the text of a press release issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:
(WASHINGTON) — NOAA has issued a Request for Proposals for construction of NOAA’s newest fisheries survey vessel, the fifth in its state-of-the-art Oscar Dyson vessels class designed for 40-day mission science deployments.

With new design modifications to support the specific requirements of NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, Calif., the new vessel is scheduled to be delivered by late 2014 and will replace the 44-year old NOAA ship David Starr Jordan. Although designed for SWFSC, the vessel will be capable of being used for other NOAA research.

NOAA’s newest fisheries survey vessel and her sister ships collect the critical data streams required for science-based conservation and management of the Nation’s living marine resources. The vessel will have a full suite of modern instrumentation for cutting-edge fisheries and oceanographic research, including acoustic quieting of ship systems, advanced navigation and dynamic positioning, multi-frequency acoustic sensors, bottom and mid-water trawl capability capabilities, scientific sampling gear and extensive wet, dry, and acoustic laboratory space.
NOAA’s RFP is a full and open competition for a fixed-price contract and targeted for a November 2009 award. The RFP can be accessed at the Federal Business Opportunities Web site under solicitation number AB133M-09-RP-0112.
This competitive procurement is the continuation of the NOAA Fleet Recapitalization Plan published in October 2008. NOAA is interested in partnering with shipyards delivering high quality products on time and within budget.
This acquisition is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources.
By Professional Mariner Staff