The following is text of a contract posting by the U.S. Defense Department:
(WASHINGTON) — Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors LLC of Lockport, La., has been awarded an $11,638,510 firm-fixed-price contract for the purchase and conversion of one existing offshore supply vessel (OSV) into an Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center range support vessel (ARSV).
The ARSV will perform ocean engineering and range support in the launch, recovery and deep ocean mooring installation and maintenance of remote-operated vehicles, unmanned underwater vehicles, and autonomous underwater vehicles. The ARSV will be operated for multiple days at sea, which will permit researchers on board to remain on station at remote locations for multiple days to collect data, deploy scientific equipment, and perform scientific calculations.
Work will be performed in Lockport, La., and is expected to be completed by January 2020. Fiscal 2019 research, development, test and evaluation (Navy) funding in the amount of $11,638,510 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
This contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with one offer received. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00024-19-C-2205).