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Operation of Container Services in Belfast - Market Sounding

Periodic indicative notice - utilities


Directive 2004/17/EC
This notice is a call for competition: no
This notice aims at reducing time-limits for receipt of tenders: no

Section I: Contracting entity

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

Belfast Harbour Commissioners
Harbour Office, Corporation Square
BT1 3AL Belfast
Telephone: +44 2890554422
Fax: +44 2890554406

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting entity:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Main activity
Port-related activities
I.3)Contract award on behalf of other contracting entities
The contracting entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting entities: no

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting entity:
Operation of Container Services in Belfast - Market Sounding
II.2)Type of contract
Service category No 27: Other services
II.3)Short description of the contract or purchase(s):

Belfast Harbour is conducting a market sounding exercise to provide advance information of requirements and enable a dialogue with potential service providers in relation to the operation of container services in Belfast Harbour. The proposed contract will be a services concession contract with the contractor assuming all operational responsibilities and risks relating to the operation of the container terminal including the risks related to demand for LoLo container services at the facility. There will be a tender competition for the award of the operating contract in 2013. The Harbour is open to new ideas and alternative approaches to the operation of such facilities and prior to initiating the tender process, is taking this opportunity to examine its approach and to determine the preferred way forward. A site visit and information day will be held on Monday 15.4.2013. The closing date for registration is Monday 8.4.2013. Those interested in participating in the market sounding can download a market prospectus containing further information and a response form from Belfast Harbour's website at:

Response forms must be received by 17.5.2013.
II.4)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

60640000, 63111000

II.5)Scheduled date for start of award procedures and duration of the contract
Scheduled date for start of award procedures: 1.5.2013
Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)
II.6)Estimated cost and main terms of financing
II.6.1)Initial estimated cost
II.6.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:
Belfast Harbour's current view is that the contract will be for 20 years with a rolling 3 year option to extend at the sole discretion of Belfast Harbour, up to a maximum of 20 years.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Estimated total value of supplies or services contract(s)
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: