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June 15, 2001

Bender protests LSV award to Halter
Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc. has filed a protest at the General Accounting Office challenging the recent award to Halter Marine, Inc. by the U.S. Army's Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command ("TACOM") of a contract to design and build up to three Logistics Support Vessels (LSV's).

The LSVs are part of a strategic plan to get equipment and supplies to U.S. fighting forces.

Bender's protest is based on the fact that its proposal to TACOM was essentially equal in technical and performance risk to Halter's proposal, that Bender scored higher than Halter in logistics and that Bender's price was significantly lower than Halter's, whose price exceeded the ceiling price set by TACOM.

Bender says that the protest automatically stays contract performance and that TACOM representatives have stated that TACOM will issue a formal stop work notice this week.

RECENT NAVY CONTRACTS
Newport News Shipbuilding,
Newport News, Va., is being awarded a $1,522,317,060 modification to previously awarded cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00024-98-C-2107) for accomplishment of the fiscal year 2001 refueling and complex overhaul of USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Work will be performed in Newport News, Va., and is expected to be completed by April 2004. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Arlington Va., is the contracting activity.

The DD 21 Alliance, comprised of Bath Iron Works Corp. (BIW), Bath, Maine and Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss., is being awarded a not-to-exceed $124,347,548 firm-fixed-price advance agreement modification for the extension of the DD 21 Phase II period of performance. Work will be performed by the "Blue Team" (42%) led by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, with Lockheed Martin Government Electronic Systems, Moorestown, N.J.; the "Gold Team" (42%) led by Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss., with Raytheon Systems Co., Falls Church, Va; and United Defense, Limited Partnership (UDLP), Minneapolis, Minn. (16%). Work is expected to be completed by September 2001. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Arlington, Va., is the contracting activity. (N00024-98-9-2300, modification 0037).

RR & VO LLC, Rockville, Md., is being awarded a $50,913,041 firm-fixed-price contract with reimbursables for the charter of a contractor-owned containership for the Air Force Prepositioning Program. The ship covered under this contract is the contractor-owned and operated MV Therese Delmas, which will be re-named at a later date. The ship will support the propositioning requirements of the Department of Defense by transporting U.S. Air Force ammunition. This ship will be re-flagged to the U.S. flag prior to delivery with any repairs or modifications to be done in the United States. The vessel will be retained in a full operating status with a crew of 20 aboard. Work will be performed in the waters around Diego Garcia, and is expected to be completed by November 2005. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with 45 proposals solicited and 12 offers received. The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity (N00033-01-C-9007).

Keppel Smit orders tugs
Keppel Smit Towage Private Limited (KST), has recently signed a contract with Keppel Singmarine Dockyard Pte Ltd (Keppel Singmarine) to build two 3,600 bhp harbor tugs for a contract value of about U.S. $5.5 million, with an option for a further two tugs.

These two tractor tugs will have a bollard pull of 47 tonnes. As with all the other tugs in KST’s fleet, they will include fire-fighting capability. With these specifications, the tugs will be able to assist all types of vessels including VLCCs berthing at deep water berths.

With delivery of these two newbuildings at the end of the year, KST will have a combined fleet of 26 tugs ranging between 3,000 to 4,000 bhp.

Ben Chew, general manager of KST, said: “We are optimistic about our continued role as a major harbor towage provider in Singapore and the harbour towage business in general. The utilization level of our tugs has been consistently high and it is timely to add to our current fleet of tugs. Sentiments in the towage market are encouraging and we foresee a further expansion of our fleet in the near future.

Established in 1991, KST is a joint venture between Keppel Hitachi Zosen Limited and Smit International Singapore Pte Ltd.

Keppel Singmarine is a member of Keppel Hitachi Zosen Limited and it has the expertise to build a wide range of tugs and smaller specialized vessels. To date, it has built ten tugs for KST and is currently constructing at least ten newbuildings.



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