Subject: Study on ship dismantling
Date posted: 5 July 2012
In view of the fact that the official language used for the RFP will be English, this request for expression of interest is published in English only.
Du fait que la langue officielle de cette sollicitation sera l'anglais, cette demande d'expression d'intérêt est publiée uniquement en anglais.
Please note that only those firms considered qualified by the United Nations Office at Geneva for this project will be invited to participate.
Terms of Reference:
1. The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) seeks Expressions of Interest (EOI) for a solicitation it intends to issue for the required services or goods described below.
2. Vendors interested in fulfilling the above requirements must be registered with UNOG and may wish to visit "UNOG Vendor Registration Process" for full registration information in order to be eligible to participate in any solicitation.
3. Required services or goods are the following:
The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (the Basel Convention) adopted decision BC-10/17 on Environmentally sound dismantling of ships. In paragraph 7 of this decision, the Secretariat is requested, subject to the availability of funding, to continue its work and to develop further the programmes for sustainable ship recycling in conjunction with other bodies, in particular the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). More specifically, under activity 31 of the work programme adopted by COP 10 (decision BC-10/27), the Secretariat is requested to, among other things, develop a feasibility study to identify cost-effective alternatives to the beaching method of ship recycling.
In accordance with the mandate given by its COP, the Secretariat of the Basel Convention works with key stakeholders to facilitate the environmentally sound management of ship recycling operations. In this regard, the Secretariat currently implements two projects as follows:
- The Secretariat is soon to finalize a case study through which (i) models of compliant ship recycling facilities are being elaborated in consideration of the requirements of the Basel Convention and the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships and their respective guidelines; and (ii) actions are being identified to be undertaken in the short, medium and long term at ship recycling facilities employing the beaching method to facilitate compliance with the two conventions.
- A second project or feasibility study for which the Secretariat seeks to retain the services of a contractor with experience in ship recycling-related issues. The feasibility study is to identify cost-effective alternatives to the traditional beaching method of ship recycling (this may include consideration of ‘green’ beaching methods which could be introduced or are currently employed by the industry).
Objective and Activities:
The objective of the feasibility study is to identify cost-effective, environmentally sound alternatives to the beaching method of ship recycling (which may include consideration of ‘green’ beaching methods which could be introduced or are currently employed by the industry).
The following activities will form part of the feasibility study:
i. Review of what constitutes environmentally sound management in the context of ship dismantling recycling (including consideration of the abovementioned case study undertaken by the Secretariat, the Hong Kong Convention, the Basel Convention Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management of the Full and Partial Dismantling of Ships, guidelines produced by the IMO and ILO and other available resources);
ii. Review of current ship recycling methods and identification of cost effective, environmentally sound alternatives to beaching (or identification of ‘green’ beaching methods). This work should include consultations with those ship recycling facilities employing environmentally sound alternatives and with shipowners who utilize such facilities;
iii. A field mission to facilities employing alternative methods of ship recycling to establish the parameters (operational, infrastructural) of such methods; and
iv. Development of a feasibility report providing: models of alternative environmentally sound ship recycling operations (current and/or potential); identification of potentially interested parties/industry partners and sites for the establishment of such facilities; regulatory drivers for their establishment; and a costing estimate for the establishment and operation of such facilities.
4. Specific information (if any) (e.g.: pre-evaluation or pre-requisite criteria, certification, etc.):
The contractor must possess expertise and experience related to environmental and maritime-related matters, preferably with a proven track-record in undertaking ship dismantling/recycling-related projects
5. Please submit your response by returning the form "Expression of Interest Response Form" duly filled in by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by facsimile to +41(0)22 917 00 13. Responses must be received no later than 12:00 hours, Geneva time, on 16 July 2012. All responses will be kept strictly confidential.
6. Please note that this REOI does not constitute a solicitation. UNOG reserves the right to change or cancel this requirement at any time during the REOI process or the solicitation process. Please note that only those vendors considered as qualified by UNOG to provide the required services or goods will be invited to participate.
7. Tentative bid issuance date: 18 July 2012
8. Mandatory site visit date (if any) : n/a
9. Tentative bid response date: 13 August 2012
10. Tentative contract award date: 17 September 2012
11. For system contracts, estimated annual volume: n/a