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TRAWLING VESSEL CHARTER

Fisheries and Oceans Canada | Published April 11, 2017  -  Deadline April 26, 2017
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Trade Agreement: Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) Tendering Procedures: Generally only one firm has been invited to bid Non-Competitive Procurement Strategy: Government Objectives Representing Best Interests/Value to Govt Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No Vendor Name and Address:  Jim Pattison Enterprises Ltd. Foot of Gore Avenue Vancouver British Columbia Canada V6A2Y7 Nature of Requirements:    1.  Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN)   An ACAN is a public notice indicating to the supplier community that a department or agency intends to award a contract for goods, services or construction to a pre-identified supplier, thereby allowing other suppliers to signal their interest in bidding, by submitting a statement of capabilities.  If no supplier submits a statement of capabilities that meets the requirements set out in the ACAN, on or before the closing date stated in the ACAN, the contracting officer may then proceed with the award to the pre-identified supplier.     2.  Definition of the Requirement  Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has a requirement for the provision of two vessels and crews to conduct marine fish and invertebrate research surveys in coastal waters off the west coast of British Columbia.  This charter is to conduct surveys that support fisheries research on the abundance, distribution, condition, and demographics of marine fish and invertebrates.  Many of the surveys support long term time series that require following established fishing protocols during specific time periods.  In addition to fishing, acoustic and oceanographic information will be collected on most of the surveys including vertical CTD profiles and plankton tows.  Collectively the survey areas span the entire BC coast and also include US waters in Puget Sound.    Individual surveys will require anywhere from 14 to 28 days each and may occur back to back.  Each survey may require at least one scheduled scientific crew change to be determined by DFO.  It is expected that the Survey Vessel will use those days for re-fueling and re-provisioning.  The survey schedule is provided below.  The duration of each survey is indicated as well as the earliest possible start and end dates (the date ranges span a longer time period than the duration so as to provide some scheduling flexibility).  The actual start and end dates of each survey will be mutually agreed upon between the DFO and the Contractor.  Vessel A is required to complete the following surveys (72 days total):   1) West Coast Vancouver Island Multispecies Small-mesh Bottom Trawl Survey.  16 days duration to be completed between May 1 and May 20, 2017. 2) Hecate Strait SynopticBottom Trawl Survey.  28 days duration to be completed between May 18 and June 24, 2017. 3) Pacific Hake Acoustic-Trawl Survey.  28 days to be completed between August 14 and September 15, 2017.   Vessel B is required to complete the following surveys(74 days total):  4) Summer Strait of Georgia Juvenile Salmon Survey.  16 days to be completed between June 16 and July 5, 2017. 5) Summer West Coast Vancouver Island Juvenile Salmon Survey.  14 days to be completed between July 6 and July 19, 2017. 6) West Coast of Vancouver Island Pelagic Ecosystem Night Trawl Survey.  14 days to be completed between July 20 and August 3, 2017. 7) Fall Strait of Georgia Juvenile Salmon Survey.  16 days to be completed between September 9 and September 29, 2017. 8) Fall Queen Charlotte Sound/West Coast Vancouver Island Juvenile Salmon Survey.  14 days to be completed between September 25 and October 13, 2017.  The vessel must be capable of fishing in US waters as this is a component of both the spring and fallStrait of Georgia Juvenile Salmon Surveys and the Pacific Hake Acoustic-Trawl Survey.  If the vessel has not fished in US waters in the last 12 months, the Contractor must acquire the required clearance and approvals in a time frame that meets the survey requirements.  In addition, any additional time required to clear customs in these situations will not be considered survey time.  The total cost of the 146 survey days as listed above for Vessel A and B combined cannot exceed $1,935,000 CAD.  At the discretion of DFO, and when agreed by the contractor, vessel A may be requested  at the Vessel A day rate - in place of Vessel B for all or part of the Fall Strait of Georgia Juvenile Salmon Survey and all or part of the Fall Queen Charlotte Sound/West Coast Vancouver Island Juvenile Salmon Survey.  At the discretion of DFO, additional days may be requested for any survey in order to achieve the survey objectives. Additional days would be at the same rate as described in the agreement for the particular vessel. The total cost of all work cannot exceed $2,000,000 CAD.    3.  Criteria for Assessment of the Statement of Capabilities (Minimum Essential Requirements)   Any interested supplier must demonstrate by way of a statement of capabilities that it meets the following requirements:    Vessel A  Vessel A Specifications  1. As of April 1, 2017, the vessel must have been actively used for either commercial trawl fishing or research trawl fishing in the past 12 months. 2. The vesselmust have a minimum overall length of 33.53 m (110 ft). 3. The vessel must be able to maintain a minimum cruising speed of at least 9 knots in low sea states. 4. The vessel must be equipped with a powered launch with minimum three person capacity for acoustic calibration work and transfers to and from shore and the vessel. 5. The vessel must be completely rigged for stern trawling and be equipped with a stern ramp and gallows or gantry. 6. The vessel must have split trawl winches sufficient warp (trawl cable) so as to safely and effectively fish to 500 meters depth.  Vessels must be able to continue survey operations in the event of loss of up to 100 m of warp.  The Contractor will be responsible for the cost of replacing any warp lost or damaged during a survey.  Warp must be a minimum of 1.6 cm (7/8-in) diameter, in good condition and marked as to length.  The warp must be accurately measured prior to the commencement of a survey.  The trawl winches must be able to retrieve the research trawl at a minimum rate of 61 m (200 ft) per minute. 7. Fishing gear performance must be monitored for each research tow.  Therefore, the vessel must provide net mensuration and trawl sounder equipment that provides, at minimum door-spread, headline height andheadline depth.  The trawl sounder that provides headline height and depth sensor can be wired or wireless.  For Survey 3 (Hake Acoustic), there is an additional requirement of a wireless or wired trawl sounder that can identify acoustic targets as theyenter the net. The Contractor is responsible for the maintenance cost of sensors and equipment.  The Contractor will be responsible for covering the replacement cost of any sensors lost during survey operations.  8. The vessel must be equipped with GPS, depth sounder, and net mensuration systems equipped with serial RS232 data outputs to provide data to scientific computers.  The Contractor must ensure that the data outputs are functioning prior to the survey.  The data output must be functioning for the duration of the survey.  If any data output ceases to function, fishing activities will be suspended until the data output is re-established by the Contractor. 9. For survey 3 (Hake), the vessel must also provide a winch with at least  525 meters ofsuitable wire installed in a location suitable for deploying a portable CTD to obtain vertical water profiles and a bongo net to obtain plankton samples. The winch must be capable of hauling scientific equipment to the surface at a rate of 1m/second.  CTD casts are to a maximum depth of 500m (or to within 10m of the bottom in shallower waters) and bongo nets to a maximum depth of 250m (or to within 10 m of the bottom in shallower waters).  The vessel must also be able to accommodate a portable electricwinch(up to a size of 1m x 1m x 1m) in a protected area of the deck for the deployment of specialized underwater cameras off the side of the vessel. 10. For survey 3 (Hake), the vessel must provide KONGSBERG SIMRAD 38 kHz (ES38B) and 120 kHz (ES120-7 series) hull-mounted transducers. 11. The vessel must have clean and sanitary cabins and beds for a minimum of 7 science staff in addition to the vessel crew.  The vessel must have at least two functioning marine heads and showers that can be used in privacy. 12. The vessel must have a working washer and dryer for personal laundry. 13. The vessel must be able to provide the following scientific work areas:  a. A level, suitably located, dedicated dry counter work space at least 0.6 X 1.2 m (2 X 4 ft) on the bridge for installation of DFO-supplied computers, peripherals, and connection to the ships GPS, sounder, and trawl mensuration electronics.  b. Either an adequate conveyor system that can be used by science staff to sort the catches or a deckarea which can accommodate at least a 4 square metres (36 sq ft) raised sorting bin with at least 1500 lb capacity.  The sorting bin must be a reasonable working height and be positioned so that at least three sides of the table can be accessed by staffwhile sorting catch and collecting biological samples.  Note that the Contractor must provide the sorting bin.  c. A safe work area for weighing the catch.  This area must be located near both the sorting area (conveyor system or bin) and a method to discard catch (scuppers or conveyors).  This area must have space to secure both a laptop computer and an electronic balance provided by DFO (approximately 1 x 2 m (3 x 7 ft)).  The area must be either covered or large enough such that a protective housing (2 x 2ft) for the laptop computer can be installed.  d. A safe, covered work area of approximately 6 square metres (~64 sq ft) for collecting biological samples.  Specifically, there must be at least three (3) separate raised (at least 0.9 m (3 ft) feet high) work surfaces each at least 0.6 x 1.8 m (2 x 6 ft) where science staff can secure an electronic balance, a length measuring board, a laptop computer, and other sampling equipment as provided by DFO. 14. The vessel must provide three nutritionally balanced meals each survey day.  Meal times will be coordinated with the Chief Scientist to accommodate both the need to complete sampling work and the time required to prepare meals by the cook.  Meals will be provided for all scientific personnel during all survey days.   Vessel A Crew Experience  The Captain must have a minimum of five years of bottom and mid-water trawl fishing experience as master of a comparable-sized trawler in British Columbia waters within the past 10 years.  The lead-fisher must have a minimum of five years experience in trawl fishing and in building, rigging, repairing, and operating trawls.  At least one other fisher (fisher, engineer-fisher, or cook-fisher) must have a minimum of two years experience in trawl fishing and assisting in trawl gear repair.   Vessel B  Vessel B Specifications  1. As of April 1, 2017, the vessel must have been actively used for either commercial trawl fishing or research trawl fishing in the past 12 months. 2. The vessel musthave a minimum overall length of 25.9 m (85 ft). 3. The vessel must be able to maintain a minimum cruising speed of at least 8 knots in low sea states.   4. The vessel must be able to maintain a continuous speed of 9.3 km/hr or 5 knots under normal sea conditions while towing a modified Model 250 mid-water trawl at the surface with 150 - 200 m of main warp deployed.  5. The vessel must be equipped with a powered launch with minimum three person capacity for transfers to and from shore and the vessel. 6. The vessel must be completely rigged for stern trawling and be equipped with a stern ramp and gallows or gantry. 7. The vessel must have split trawl winches with sufficient warp (trawl cable) so as to safely and effectively fish to 500 meters.  Vessels must be able to continue survey operations in the event of loss of up to 100 m of warp.  The Contractor will be responsible for the cost of replacing any warp lost or damaged during a survey.  Warp must be a minimum of 1.6 cm (7/8-in) diameter, in good condition and marked as to length.  The warp should be accurately measured prior to the commencement of a survey.  The trawl winches must be able to retrieve the research trawl at a minimum rate of 61 m (200 ft) per minute 8. Fishing gear performance mustbe monitored for each research tow.  Therefore, the vessel must provide net mensuration and trawl sounder equipment that provides, at minimum door-spread, headline height and headline depth.  The trawl sounder may be wired or wireless.  The Contractor is responsible for the maintenance cost of sensors and equipment.  DFO will cover the replacement cost of any sensors lost during survey operations.  9. The vessel must be equipped with GPS, depth sounder, and net mensuration systems equipped with serialRS232 data outputs to provide data to a science computer.  The Contractor must ensure that the data outputs are functioning prior to the survey.  The data output must be functioning for the duration of the survey.  If any data output ceases to function,fishing activities will be suspended until the data output is re-established by the Contractor. 10. For all surveys (Juvenile Salmon and Pelagic Ecosystem Night Time) the vessel must also provide a winch with at least 525 meters of suitable wire installed in a location suitable for deploying a portable CTD to obtain vertical water profiles and a bongo net to obtain plankton samples. The winch must be capable of hauling scientific equipment to the surface at a rate of 1m/second.  CTD casts areto a maximum depth of 500m (or to within 10m of the bottom in shallower waters) and bongo nets to a maximum depth of 250m (or to within 10 m of the bottom in shallower waters).  The vessel must also be able to accommodate a portable electric winch (up to a size of 1m x 1m x 1m) in a protected area of the deck for the deployment of specialized underwater cameras off the side of the vessel. 11. The vessel must have clean and sanitary cabins and beds for a minimum of 6 science staff in addition to the vessel crew. The vessel must have at least two functioning marine heads and showers that can be used in privacy. 12. The vessel must have a working washer and dryer for personal laundry. 13. The vessel must be able to provide the following scientific work areas:  a. A level, suitably located, dedicated dry counter work space at least 0.6 X 1.2 m (2 X 4 ft) on the bridge for installation of DFO-supplied computers, peripherals, and connection to the ships GPS, sounder, and trawl mensuration electronics.  b. Either an adequate conveyor system that can be used by science staff to sort the catches or a deck area which can accommodate at least a 4 square metres (36 sq ft) raised sorting bin with at least 1500 lb capacity.  The sorting bin must be a reasonable working height and be positioned so that at least three sides of the table can be accessed by staff while sorting catch and collecting biological samples.  Note that the Contractor must provide the sorting bin.  c. A safe work area for weighing the catch.  This area must be located near both the sorting area (conveyor system or bin) and a method to discard catch (scuppers or conveyors).  This area must have space to secure both a laptop computer and an electronic balance provided by DFO (approximately 1 x 2 m (3 x 7 ft)).  The area must be either covered or large enough such that a protective housing (2 x 2 ft) for the laptop computer can be installed.  d. A safe, covered work area of approximately 6 square metres (~64 sq ft) for collecting biological samples.  Specifically, there must be at least two (2) separate raised (at least 0.9 m (3 ft) feet high) work surfaces each at least 0.6 x 1.8 m (2 x 6 ft) where science staff can secure an electronic balance, a length measuring board, a laptop computer, and other sampling equipment as provided by DFO. 14. The vessel must provide three nutritionally balanced meals each survey day.  Meal times will be coordinated with the Chief Scientist to accommodate both the need to complete sampling work andthe time required to prepare meals by the cook.  Meals will be provided for all scientific personnel during all survey days.   Vessel B Crew Experience  The Captain must have a minimum 5 years overall experience bottom and mid-water trawl fishing and a minimum of two years experience as master of a comparable-sized trawler in British Columbia waters. The lead-fisher must have a minimum of five years experience in trawl fishing and in building, rigging, repairing, and operating trawls.  At leastone other fisher (fisher, engineer-fisher, or cook-fisher) must have a minimum of two years experience in trawl fishing and assisting in trawl gear repair.   Certifications  The Captain and crew of both Vessel A and Vessel B must possess all required Transport Canada, or maritime licenses or certifications applicable to the vessel and area of operation. The Contractor must obtain and maintain all permits, licenses and certifications of approval required for the work to be performed under any applicable federal, provincial, state or municipal legislation.  The Contractor is responsible for any changes imposed by such legislation or regulation.  Upon request, the Contractor must provide a copy of any such permit, license or certification to DFO. NOTE:  Costs associated with certifications are the responsibility of the Contractor.    4.  Applicability of the Trade Agreements to the Procurement  This procurement is subject to the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT).    5.  Justification for the Pre-Identified Supplier   A very similar requirement was recently solicited competitively with no responsive bids. Jim Pattison Enterprises Ltd. offers vessels that meet the Department of Fisheries and Oceans' requirements. To the knowledge of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Jim Pattison Enterprises Ltd. is the only company able to fulfill the requirement.    6.  Government Contracts Regulations Exception  The following exception to the Government Contracts Regulations is invoked for this procurement under subsection 6(d):  Only one person or firm is capable of performing the work.    7.  Exclusions and/or Limited Tendering Reasons   The following exclusion and/or limited tendering reason is invoked under the section of the trade agreements specified: - Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) - Article 506.12.b.    8.  Proposed Delivery Date   The dates of deliverables are identified in Section 2 above.  The period of the resulting contract will be from date of contract award to April 30, 2018.    9.  Name and Address of the Pre-identified Supplier  Jim Pattison Enterprises Ltd. Foot of Gore Avenue Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 2Y7      10.  Suppliers' Right to Submit a Statement of Capabilities   Suppliers who consider themselvesfully qualified and available to provide the goods, services or construction services described in the ACAN may submit a statement of capabilities by e-mail to the contact person identified in this notice on or before the closing date of this notice. The statement of capabilities must clearly demonstrate how the supplier meets the advertised requirements.    11. Closing Date for a Submission of a Statement of Capabilities  The closing date and time for accepting statements of capabilities is April 26, 2017 at 02:00 pm (PDT).    12. Inquiries and Submission of Statements of Capabilities   Inquiries and statements of capabilities are to be directed by e-mail to:  Michal Szczesniak 401 - 1230 Government Street, Victoria, BC V8W 3X4 Telephone: 250.507.0647 E-mail: michal.szczesniak@pwgsc-tpsgc.gc.ca   Delivery Date: Above-mentioned  You are hereby notified that the government intends to negotiate with one firm only as identified above. Should you have any questions concerning this requirement, contact the contracting officer identified above.  An Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN) allows departments and agencies to post a notice, for no less than fifteen (15) calendar days, indicating to the supplier community that it intends to award a good, service or construction contract to a pre-identified contractor. If no other supplier submits, on or before the closing date, a Statement of Capabilities that meets the requirements set out in the ACAN, the contracting authority may then proceed with the award.  However, should a Statement of Capabilities be found to meet the requirements set out in the ACAN, then the contracting authority will proceed to a full tendering process.  Suppliers who consider themselves fully qualified and available to provide the services/goods described herein, may submit a statement of capabilities in writing to the contact person identified in this Notice on or before the closing date of this Notice. The statement of capabilities must clearly demonstrate how the supplier meets the advertised requirements.  The PWGSC file number, the contracting officer's name and the closing date of the ACAN must appear on the outside of the envelope in block letters or, in the case of a facsimile transmission, on the covering page.  The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement.  Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.

Trawl Nets & Footgear

Fisheries and Oceans Canada | Published December 14, 2015  -  Deadline January 25, 2016
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Trade Agreement: NAFTA/AIT/Canada FTAs with Peru/Colombia/Panama Tendering Procedures: All interested suppliers may submit a bid Competitive Procurement Strategy: Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No Nature of Requirements: Trawl Nets F1693-150053 Contracting Authority; Evan Ruffell Telephone: 250-363-8456 Fax: 250-363-0395 REQUIREMENT: The Marine Ecosystems and Aquaculture Division (MEAD) of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has a requirement for the supply of 04/Four trawl nets with foot gear. The four nets consist of 02/Two Atlantic Western IIA trawl nets and 02/Two Yankee 36 trawl nets. The nets will be used in a joint fishing survey project conducted between DFO and the Canadian Groundfish Research and Conservation Society. Further specifications and information are contained in the solicitation package. DELIVERY: All the deliverables must be received on or before March 31 2016 at 3190 Hammond Bay Rd, Nanaimo, V9T6N7, B.C. Canada. DEBRIEFINGS: Bidders may request a debriefing on the results of the bid solicitation process. Bidders should make the request to the Contracting Authority within 15 working days of receipt of the results of the bid solicitation process. The debriefing may be in writing, by telephone or in person. Delivery Date: Above-mentioned The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement. Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.

Vessel Charter - Arctic Ocean

Fisheries and Oceans Canada | Published December 20, 2016  -  Deadline September 1, 2017
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Trade Agreement: Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) Tendering Procedures: Generally only one firm has been invited to bid Non-Competitive Procurement Strategy: Government Objectives Representing Best Interests/Value to Govt Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement: No Vendor Name and Address:  FROSTI FISHING LIMITED Suite 1 - 330 3rd Ave West Prince Rupert British Columbia Canada V8J1L4 Nature of Requirements:   Vessel Charter - Arctic Ocean  1. Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN)   An ACAN is a public notice indicating to the supplier community that a department or agency intends to award a contract for goods, services or construction to a pre-identified supplier, thereby allowing other suppliers to signal their interest in bidding, by submitting a statement of capabilities. If no supplier submits a statement of capabilities that meets the requirements set out in the ACAN, on or before the closing date stated in the ACAN, the contracting officer may then proceed with the award to the pre-identified supplier.   2. Definition of the requirement   Fisheries and Oceans Canada has a requirement for the provision of a ship and crew, as well as handling ofpermits, certifications and providing logistics support for readying the ship for work in Canadian Arctic waters, transit through US waters, mobilization to/from the study area, fueling, and crew changes.  This ship and crew charter is in support of survey work to establish regional baselines for diversity, habitat uses, and relative abundances of fishes and invertebrates in the sampled region. The sampling region will span east-west from MClintock Channel east side of Victoria Island to the Yukon-Alaskan border; north-south from Canadian coast to MClure Strait north of Banks Island (to a maximum sampling depth of 2000 m).  The period of work is for two years, with an additional one-year option period.  The annual task schedule is as follows: Task 1. Gear-up and outfitting of the ship for the scientific survey. To be completed by June 30th of each survey year. Task 2. Mobilization. To be completed by the end of the first week in July 7th of each survey year. Task 3. Sea trial(s) in southern waters. To be completed by July 7th of each survey year. Task 4. Transit to and from the study area. The vessel must be in the study area no later than August 1st (ice-permitting), and plan to depart the study area by no later than September 15th of each survey year. Task 5. Scientific survey. To be completed during the period of July 15th and September 15th of each survey year. A minimum of 35 sampling days during this period.  Task 6. Demobilization. To be completed immediately upon return to the vessels home port at the end of each survey.   3. Criteria for assessment of the Statement of Capabilities   Any interested supplier must demonstrate by way of a statement of capabilities that it meets the following requirements:   Experience  Ships Captain and first mate have at least 5 years experience operating bottom and mid-water fishing trawls;   Ships Captain has at least two (2) years experience conducting trawling operations in the Arctic during the summer;   Each additional crew member has at least one (1) season experience working aboard a commercial stern trawler;   The vessels operations manager has at least three (3) years experience coordinating permitting and logistics (e.g., fueling, shore support) within theInuvialuit Settlement Region of the western Canadian Arctic, and logistics for transit and fueling in Alaskan waters.  Certifications  The Contractor must meet necessary operating standards, and acquisition of all required insurance, certifications and permits, to conduct work in Canadian waters and for transit through US Arctic waters beginning July 2017 through to end of October 2019. If the Contractor does not have the required insurance or certifications, a description of deficiencies and timelines and strategies associated with attaining the requirements is required. Permits are required for each applicable year.   Vessel has a minimum ice classification of ICE-C (Det Norske Veritas Calssification), or equivalent.   Ships Captain meetsall of the requirements of Transport Canada (http://www.tc.gc.ca) to conduct work in the study area, and its equivalent in the US to transit through Alaskan waters.  Vessel Specifications  Vessel is equipped for, and capable of, operating specified benthic and pelagic research trawls (including otter trawls) to depths of 2000 m;   Vessel has at least 2 auxiliary winches, one equipped with 3/8 in diameter stainless steel cable and the other with insulated conductor cable, sufficient to deploy sampling equipment (e.g., 24 bottle CTD-Rosette, 0.5 m box-core) to depths of 1500 m;   Vessel has wet-lab space for 8 people with stainless steel work bench, sink with freshwater, two additional 6 foot workbenches, and electrical power;   Vessel can accommodate a minimum of 8 science crew including cabins, beds and full board meals (including a minimum of 2 hot meals per 12 hr shift) that may include provision for vegetarians and other special diet needs;   Food services must include: 1) three meals per 12 hour shift, including a minimum of two hot meals, and snacks, 2) meals that are well balanced, nutritious, palatable and varied with provisions for vegetarians and special diet needs if necessary, and 3) flexible meal times to accommodate variable work hours;   Vessel has sufficiently small draft to operate safely in waters as shallow as 20 m;   Vessel has indoor catch sorting facilities sufficient to accommodate up to 4 people;   Vessel has trawl-way catch sorting facilities sufficient to accommodate up to 4 people.  Availability  The supplier must provide a minimum of 35 days of science work within the study area annually, for up to three (3) consecutive years, during the period of 15 July to 15 September, exclusive of transitdays to and from its home port.   4. Applicability of the trade agreement(s) to the procurement   This procurement is subject to the following trade agreement(s) (insert the applicable trade agreement(s)): o Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)   5. Justification for the Pre-Identified Supplier   Previous work under the Beaufort Regional Environmental Assessment (BREA, 2012-2014) established regional baselines for diversity, habitat uses, and relative abundances of fishes and invertebrates in the offshore Canadian Beaufort Sea. The proposed survey aims to 1) extend baseline coverage to new areas of the western Canadian Arctic and 2) to build a time-series documenting ecosystem variability among years through repeat sampling of stations visitedduring the BREA. Rigorous scientific understanding of the spatial and temporal variability of fishes and associated prey and habitats is essential to establishing reliable baselines and understanding of ecosystem structure, functioning, and change over time.  Random vessel effects introduce variations in sampling as a result of attributes of the vessel, gear deployment, and crew actions. These variations negatively influence catch data, sampling effort and thus overall results and scientific interpretations. Significant effects on both within-year and inter-annual variations result in data and knowledge which precludes effective scientific knowledge outcomes. For example, fishing effort of an individual vessel may be impacted among years of samplingas a result of improvements to gear, changes to vessel characteristics, and improvement of skipper skills with time (Gulland 1983), thus greater variation is introduced when more than one vessel is compared. In addition to major factors such as engine power and gear types (Beverton and Holt 1954), individual factors such as gear specifications, variances in gear deployment, availability of electronic equipment, the experience level of the crew and rigging of the gear also contributed to variations in fishing efficiency (Mahévas et al. 2004). Thus, among vessel variation ultimately affects data collected and correlations between catch-per-unit-effort and the local abundance of fishes, contributing to biases in statistics and error in the estimation of fish abundance (Gillis and Peterman 1998). These effects may negate scientific validity of the findings.   Variations among vessels as a source of error in research findings must be minimized to effectively deliver scientific knowledge. Comparability of data among years is essential to meeting our project objectives, and is a key element of the science advice that will result from this work. The F/V Frosti was used to establish preliminary baselines during the BREA program, and it is imperative to usethe same platform to eliminate vessel-based variation in our time-series to deliver accurate project results for temporal and spatial aspects of this research.  Should a vessel other than F/V Frosti be used, a multi-day paired-vessel comparison will be required to verify that there is no significant difference in fish catch composition and relative abundances. This comparison will add substantial cost to the requirement in order to pay for time of two vessels, and will only be feasible for potential suppliers within the Pacific Region.  Coordination of logistics in the western Canadian Arctic is extremely challenging due to limited suppliers, unpredictable and harsh weather resulting in unreliable transportation infrastructure, and poor communications infrastructure over a huge and isolated geographic region. Previous work in the region has shown that knowledge of available logistical resources, and established relationships with local suppliers, are both essential to delivering safe and effective research programs. The management team of the F/V Frosti have a pre-existing network of suppliers with whom they developed strong working relationships during the BREA program.  Literature cited: Beverton, J.H. and Holt, S.J. 1954. Fishing mortalityand effort. On the dynamics of exploited fish populations. Chapman and Hall, London. 533pp.  Gillis, D.M., Peterman, R.M. 1998. Implications of the interference among fishing vessels and the ideal free distribution to the interpretation of the CPUE. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 55: 37-46.  Gulland, J.A. 1983. Fish Stock Assessment: A manual of basic methods. FAW/Wiley Series on Food and Aquaculture. XII-223 pp.  Mahévas, S., Sandon, Y., Biseau, A. 2004. Quantification of annual variations in fishing power due to vessel characteristics : an application to the bottom-trawlers of South-Brittany targeting anglerfish (Lophius budegassa and Lophius piscatorius). ICES Journal of Marine Science. 61: 71-83.    6. Government Contracts Regulations Exception(s)   The following exception(s) to the Government Contracts Regulations is (are) invoked for this procurement under subsection 6(d) - "only one person is capable of performing the work".   7. Exclusions and/or Limited Tendering Reasons   The limited tendering reason is invoked under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)  Article 506, subarticle 12. (b) where there is an absence of competition for technical reasons and the goods or services can be supplied only by a particular supplier and no alternative or substitute exists.  8. Period of the proposed contract or delivery date   The proposed contract is for a period of 2 years, with one option year period.   9. Name and address of the pre-identified supplier   Frosti Fishing Ltd. 330 3Rd Ave W Unit 1 Prince Rupert, British Columbia V8J 1L4 Canada   10. Suppliers' right to submit a statement of capabilities   Suppliers who consider themselves fully qualified and available to provide the goods, services or construction services described in the ACAN may submit a statement of capabilities in writing to the contact person identified in this notice on or before the closing date of this notice. The statement of capabilities must clearly demonstrate how the supplier meets the advertised requirements.   11. Closing date for a submission of a statement of capabilities   The closing date and time for accepting statements of capabilities is January 9, 2017 at 2:00PM Pacific Time.   12. Inquiries and submission of statements of capabilities   Inquiries and statements of capabilities are to be directed to: Name:  Torrey Buchan Organization: Marine Acquisitions, Pacific Region Public Works and Government Services Canada  Address: Suite 401  1230 Government Street Victoria, BC V8W 3X4 Telephone: 250-216-2092 E-mail: Torrey.Buchan2@pwgsc-tpsgc.gc.ca     Delivery Date: Above-mentioned  You are hereby notified that the government intends to negotiate with one firm only as identified above. Should you have any questions concerning this requirement, contact the contracting officer identified above.  An Advance Contract Award Notice (ACAN) allows departments and agencies to post a notice, for no less than fifteen (15) calendar days, indicating to the supplier community that it intends to award a good, service or construction contract to a pre-identified contractor. If no other supplier submits, on or before the closing date, a Statement of Capabilities that meets the requirements set out in the ACAN, the contracting authority may then proceed with the award.  However, should a Statement of Capabilities be found to meet the requirements set out in the ACAN, then the contracting authority will proceed to a full tendering process.  Suppliers who consider themselves fully qualified and available to provide the services/goods described herein, may submit a statement of capabilities in writing to the contact person identified in this Notice on or before the closing date of this Notice. The statement of capabilities must clearly demonstrate how the supplier meets the advertised requirements.  The PWGSC file number, the contracting officer's name and the closing date of the ACAN must appear on the outside of the envelope in block letters or, in the case of a facsimile transmission, on the covering page.  The Crown retains the right to negotiate with suppliers on any procurement.  Documents may be submitted in either official language of Canada.
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