This sources sought notice is in support of the N00024-21-R-22XX for the procurement of the 60’ Dive Support Boat (60DS). The 60DS procurement will be for up to six (6) boats with brand name specific commercial components. This boat shall be a contractor design. While the Navy intends to solicit multiple sources for the 60DS under a competitive small business set aside, the requirement specifies the following Brand Name commercial items:

  • Cummins QSL9-290 (Brand Name) for the diesel engines, quantity two (2) per boat;
  • ZF 325-1 (Brand Name) for the marine gear, quantity two (2) per boat;
  • ZF 1214-1-P01  (Brand Name) for the tethered remote, quantity one (1) per boat;
  • Aquamet 22 (Brand Name) for the shafting, quantity two (2) per boat;
  • Amphenol ZREBB-4-C20-640SN (Brand Name) outlets, quantity three (3) per boat;
  • Kohler 35EFKOZD 3 PHASE (Brand Name) generators, quantity two (2) per boat;
  • Furuno TZT12F, DRS4DNXT, GP330B, SS60-SLD (Brand Name) electronic Navigation System; quantity one (1) per boat
  • Standard Horizon GX6000 (Brand Name) for VHF Marine Band Radio; quantity two (2) per boat
  • Shakespeare 5241-R (Brand Name) Antennas; quantity two (2) per boat
  • Whale BP4402 (Brand Name) Manual Bilge Pump; quantity one (1) per boat
  • Rule 14A (Brand Name) for Electric Bilge Pump; quantity two (2) per boat
  • Ultra Safety Systems "Senior" UPS01-12Volt (Brand Name) for Float Switch; quantity two (2) per boat
  • Bauer VEC-26-E3 (Brand Name) high pressure compressor; quantity
  • PortaCo E-15S10 (Brand Name) Hydraulic Power Unit; quantity one (1) per boat
  • ACR 2831 GlobalFix v4 Cat II (Brand Name) for EPIRB; quantity one (1) per boat

The following brand-name or equal descriptions are presumed to have no equivalents; however, it is possible that an equivalent or potentially superior product or system may be found or become available:

  • Airpax IUGN Series, IULNK Series (Brand Name) circuit breakers, quantity thirty-two (32) per boat;
  • Cooper-Bussman Series 187 (Brand Name) circuit breakers, quantity ten (10) per boat;
  • Carling Technologies C, E, and F Series (Brand Name) circuit breakers, quantity forty-eight (48) per boat;
  • Lunasea LLB-366N-31-10 (Brand Name) flood lights, quantity twelve (12) per boat;
  • SeaCor 37J021010, 37J106010, 37J153010 (Brand Name) GF piping systems, quantity one (1) per boat
  • Ampco Marine Z-series p/n ABZCH2-1515-250 (Brand Name) Cofferdam Eductor, quantity one (1) per boat
  • Optima D31M (Brand Name) or equal  Batteries; quantity (8) per boat
  • Ritchie FN-201 (Brand Name) or equal for Compass; quantity one (1) per boat
  • Racor 751000MAX30 (Brand Name) or equal for Diesel Fuel/Water Separator; quantity one (1) per boat
  • Fortress G-85 (Brand Name) or equal for Anchor; quantity one (1) per boat
  1. Major attributes of form, fit, function, interface, weight, and/or material to achieve a specific performance of the system within which it is used, and the boat as a whole. The following descriptions may apply:
    1. The item requires a form and fit in the boat’s design for installation, operation, or maintenance.
    2. The item’s weight is of critical importance to the boat’s design.
    3. The connection fittings required to incorporate the item into a system are necessary to incorporate or interface the specified item with the boat’s design.
    4. Input power, capacity, and other operating requirements for the item have been selected based on requirements of the boat’s design.
    5. Output power, capacity, and other performance parameters of the item have been selected based on requirements of the boat’s design.
    6. The selected item is known to have low or no Electromagnetic Interference (EMI)/ Radio-Frequency Interference (RFI) with tactical communications equipment. There is no standard to which electronics can perform to that guarantees low or no EMI/RFI with the embarked tactical communications equipment. Compliance can only be determined through lab testing or on-boat installation testing.
  2. The specified item is one with established logistic support. Logistic support includes, as applicable: maintenance planning and analysis; training and training support, including training equipment, curricula, and instruction materials; supply support; support equipment such as special tools and test equipment; technical documentation including technical manuals, Product Technical Description (PTD), Planned Maintenance System (PMS), Technical Repair Standards (TRS), and software documentation; computer resource support; facilities for maintenance and training; unique packaging, handling, storage, and transportation requirements; and human engineering considerations.
  3. The specified item has either passed, is in the process of, or is planned for Cyber Security validation. Cyber Security requirements for boats and craft are outlined in Ser 05D/193 INITIAL EFFORTS FOR CYBERSECURITY FOR BOATS, COMBATANT CRAFT, SEABORNE TARGETS AND SERVICE CRAFT.
  4. The specified item has undergone testing for qualification/validation at the expense of the Government.
  5. The specified item is a spectrum dependent (SD) system common to existing platforms deployed worldwide which require certification of spectrum support to operate. Spectrum supportability requirements for boats and craft are outlined in Ser 05D/195 SPECTRUM SUPPORTABILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR BOATS, COMBATANT CRAFT, SEABORNE TARGETS AND SERVICE CRAFT.

The below paragraphs describe the applicable justifications for each component or system and additional references, system descriptions, and boat interfaces:

233 Diesel engines: A, B, C, E. The engine interfaces with the marine gear, drive shaft, and hull structure. The engine’s form, fit, weight and connections to other boat systems is well established in the 60DS fleet. It has established logistics and is common with the existing fleet of 60DS boats located throughout the N97 enterprise. Cyber security validation is planned to coincide with other programs.  Acceptable performance has been demonstrated through previous acceptance trials and operational experience for these boats.

241 Marine gear: A, B, E. The marine gear interfaces with the engine, drive shaft, and hull structure, and is installed on the engine when the engine is procured. It has established logistics and is common with the existing fleet of 60DS boats. Certification of spectrum support for spectrum dependent equipment is planned to coincide with other boats.

243 Shafting: A. The shafting interfaces with the engine and gear system and is common across all 60DS platforms with proven long term effectiveness.

252 Tethered Remote: A, B, E The tethered remote has established logistics and is common across 60DS platforms. Certification of spectrum support for spectrum dependent equipment is planned to coincide with other boats.

310 Generators: A, B, C, E. The generators interface with the electrical system. The generator’s form, fit, weight and connections to other boat systems is well established in the 60DS fleet. It has established logistics and is common with the existing fleet of 60DS boats located throughout the N97 enterprise. Cyber security validation is planned to coincide with other programs.  Acceptable performance has been demonstrated through previous acceptance trials and operational experience for these boats.

320 Outlets: A. The outlets are common across 60DS platforms and allows equipment to be interchangeable between boats.

422 Electronic Navigation system: A, B, C, E. The navigation system interfaces with the communications equipment. It has established logistics and is common with various Navy boats and the existing fleet of N97 and other Navy enterprise assets, including existing 60DS. Boat Alteration packages are in process to update older N97 assets to match the currently specified configuration. Additionally, the government periodically conducts market surveys for select components. The surveys identify the most functional and reliable component in accordance with the needs of the fleet. This navigation system was selected by market survey. Cyber security validation is planned to coincide with other programs. Certification of spectrum support for spectrum dependent equipment is planned to coincide with other boats.

441 VHF Marine Band Radio and Antennas: A, B, C, E. The communication systems interface with the navigation system. It has established logistics and is common with the current fleet of N97 and other Navy enterprise assets, including the existing fleet of 60DS boats.  Boat Alteration packages are in process to update older N97 assets to match the currently specified configuration. Additionally, the government periodically conducts market surveys for select components. The surveys identify the most functional and reliable component in accordance with the needs of the fleet. This radio system was selected by market survey. Cyber security validation is planned to coincide with other programs. Certification of spectrum support for spectrum dependent equipment is planned to coincide with other boats.

529 Manual and Electric Bilge Pump Systems: A, B. The bilge pumping systems, including switches and alarms, are safety systems which provide indication of and a means to manage flooding events while underway or unattended at the dock. These systems have established logistics and are common to all similarly sized Navy boats.

592 High Pressure Compressor: A, B, E. The high pressure compressor has established logistics and is common across the Navy dive boat fleet. Certification of spectrum support for spectrum dependent equipment is planned to coincide with other boats.

600 Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB): A, B, C, E. The EPIRB is a safety system which has established logistics and is common with the across various Navy programs. Certification of spectrum support for spectrum dependent equipment is planned to coincide with other boats.

The below paragraphs describe the applicable justifications for each component or system and additional references, system descriptions, and boat interfaces for items that are required to be brand name (or equal):

303 Circuit Breakers: A. The circuit breakers interface with the entire electrical system. 

313 Batteries: A, B. The batteries are integral to the design of the boat to meet specified power requirements without the use of a generator. It has established logistics and is common with most Navy boats.  Additionally, Blue Top Optima was selected based on market survey by L. Batteries are consumables which are carried in the Navy Supply System and considered HAZMAT, so minimizing types and quantities is a priority.

330 Flood lights: A. The flood lights output power and other performance parameters have been selected based on requirements of the boat’s design.

421 Compass: A, B. The compass is a critical piece of navigation equipment which requires a particular design to function properly across various installations in the N97 enterprise. It has established logistics and is common with various other Navy boats.

505 Piping Systems: D. The CPVC piping has undergone testing for qualification and validation by the Government.

523 Cofferdam Eductor: A, B. The cofferdam educator pump has specific performance characteristics that are required to properly accomplish this important task. The pump is common across the dive fleet and has established logistics support.

541 Diesel Fuel/Water Separator: A, B. The fuel/water separators interface with the propulsion engine diesel fuel system. It has established logistics tied to the propulsion engine logistics package and is common with the existing fleet of N97 60DS and various other diesel-powered Navy boats. Fuel/waters separators contain filter elements which are consumables that are carried in the Navy Supply System, so minimizing types and quantities is a priority.

581 Anchor: A, B. The anchor is a safety item that must be readily accessible in an emergency. The specified anchor’s combination of light weight, size, and holding capacity has been selected for use with the size and weight of the 60DS boats. It has established logistics and is common with the existing fleet of 60DS boats.

592 Hydraulic Power Unit: A, B. The hydraulic power unit has specific capacity and output power requirements that have been selected based on the requirements of the boat and associated equipment. The hydraulic power unit is common across the dive fleet and has established logistics support.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:

Vendors interested in providing information regarding alternative items to the brand name and brand name “or equal” items for N00024-21-R-2210shall provide a response as follows:

Format:

  • Microsoft Word® or Adobe® Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • Length – No more than two (2) pages, excluding the cover page. Each side of a double- sided page counts when printed.

Content:

Responses shall be UNCLASSIFIED and shall include the following information:

  1. Cover Page. The cover page should include the notice number, and company profile to include, at a minimum, the following:

Company Name                    

Address                                 

Point of Contact                    

CAGE Code                          

DUNS Number                     

Phone Number and E-mail Address  

Web Page URL                     

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes    

Small Business (Y/N):          

Woman Owned Small Business (Y/N):         

Small Disadvantaged Business (Y/N):          

8(a) Certified (Y/N):             

HUBZONE Certified (Y/N):

Veteran Owned Small Business (Y/N):         

Service Disabled Small Business (Y/N):       

Central Contractor Registration (Y/N):         

Company Ownership (U.S.), (Y/N):  

  1. Name of the Brand Name Item, the “or equal” Make/Model number, and a written justification for how the alternate equipment meets “or equal” criteria to the Brand Name Item.

Responses are due to the contracting officer at maureen.d.barlow@navy.mil, contract specialist tammy.ryman@navy.mil and Assistant Program Manager – PEO Ships/PMS 325G peter.herrman@navy.mil no later than 12pm EDT on 6 January 2021-. Include N00024-21-R-2210 in the subject line of your email.

NOTES:

  • Do not send hardcopies (including facsimiles), as only electronic submissions will be accepted and reviewed.
  • Do not attach ZIP files or lock or encrypt the file you submit, or attach password- protected files.
  • The Government will scan all files submitted and if a virus is detected, it may be grounds for rejection of the response.
  • Cost data is not required in the response to this RFI.

Questions and requests for clarifications on this notice must be sent via email to : Maureen Barlow, Contracting Officer – NAVSEA 02 (maureen.d.barlow@navy.mil), Tammy Ryman, Contracting Specialist – NAVSEA 02 (tammy.ryman@navy.mil) or Peter Herrman, Assistant Program Manager – PEO Ships/PMS 325G (matthew.warncke@navy.mil) no later than 6 January 2021.

When submitting questions, include N00024-21-R-2210 in the subject line of your email: The Government may post questions and answers to the Federal Business Opportunities website at https://www.fbo.gov/.

The Government does not intend to award a contract based on this notice or pay for the information. This notice is solely for market research, informational and planning purposes. This is not a Request for Quotation or a Request for Proposal, and it is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government. Issuance of this notice does not constitute any obligation on the part of the Government to procure these items. Responses to this notice cannot be accepted as offers. No entitlement to payment of direct or indirect costs or charges by the Government arises as a result of submitting responses to this notice or the Government’s use of submitted information. Any information that the vendor considers proprietary or confidential business information should be clearly marked as such. Responses to this notice that indicate information therein is proprietary or represents confidential business information will be received and held in confidence for use by U.S. Government. The information provided in this notice is subject to change. The Government is under no obligation to revise any aspect of this notice should any information herein change. The Government will provide any additional information and issue any additional requests for information at its sole discretion.