In support of their fleets of floating Aids-to-Navigation (AtoNs) and their ongoing
statutory duties, the General Lighthouse Authorities for the United Kingdom and
Ireland (the GLAs) are each users of significant quantities of mooring equipment,
• Open Link and Stud Link Chain Cable;
• Bridles, including associated swivels and links;
• Shackles, including Forelock, Bow, Kenter and Joining types;
• Grey Iron Sinkers/Anchors.
The majority of mooring components will be used in the deployment of
navigational buoyage. Navigational buoys serve as markers for navigation in
many of the channels, coastal regions and seaways of the United Kingdom and
Ireland. These Aids-to-Navigation are serviced for four separate locations:
• Harwich, Essex - Trinity House;
• Swansea, South Wales – Trinity House;
• Oban, Western Scotland – Northern Lighthouse Board;
• Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin – Commissioners of Irish Lights.
This Invitation to Tender process addresses the requirements for the
consolidation of the GLA’s spend on mooring-related components, with the aim of
creating a framework agreement for the supply of these items to a set of agreed
and established specifications. Each GLA would then place individual purchase
orders against the framework agreement to address their demands.
It is anticipated that the duration of the resulting framework agreement will be four
years(3+1), with appropriate provisions for review/termination provided for in the
terms and conditions of contract.
The key aims of this tendering process are as follows:
• Reduce costs by consolidating procurement requirements and fostering
economies of scale;
• Improvements in delivery timescales and increased visibility of supply;
• Improved quality of service and supplier/customer relationships management;
• Improved planning and logistics, due to established stock and/or lead-times.