Smit awarded contract for grounded minesweeper

Written by Nick Blenkey

grounded minesweeper USS GuardianFEBRUARY 5, 2013 — Smit Salvage, Singapore, was awarded on Feb. 1, 2013, a $24,889,904 delivery order against previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-award-fee contract (N00024-12-D-4120) to provide support for emergency response and recovery operations for the USS Guardian (MCM 5) grounding on Tubbataha Reef, Sulu Sea, Philippines.

The Navy said last month that the only way remove the ship without causing further damage to the reef is in pieces (see earlier story).

Support provided by Smit will include personnel, vessels and equipment required for assessment, planning, stabilization, oil removal and vessel recovery.

Work will be performed in the vicinity of the Tubbataha Reef, Philippines, (72 percent); Palawan, Philippines, (15 percent); Singapore, SG, (10 percent); Washington, D.C., (1 percent); Rotterdam, The Netherlands, (1 percent); and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by December 2013.

Fiscal 2013 Operations and Maintenance, Navy funds in the amount of $24,889,904 will be obligated at time of award. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington D.C., is the contracting activity.

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