RFP: A Comparative Analysis of an Oil Spill on the Biota Inhabiting Several Gulf of Mexico Shipwrecks: Archaeological Analysis

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), on behalf of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), intends to competitively award a contract entitled “A Comparative Analysis of an Oil Spill on the Biota Inhabiting Several Gulf of Mexico Shipwrecks: Archaeological Analysis”. This procurement is being conducted in accordance with FAR Part 15. The BSEE, Acquisition Operations Branch, is the contracting office for this procurement and the resultant contract administration. The Government intends to award a cost-reimbursement type contract, subject to the availability of funds, for this effort. The period of performance of the resultant contract is anticipated to be 36 months. The estimated cost of this study is between $356,000 and $450,000. The applicable NAICS Code is 541990, All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services. All potential offerors must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) (www.sam.gov) in order to receive Government contracts.

This study will be sponsored by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP). NOPP is a collaboration of federal agencies to provide leadership and coordination of national oceanographic research and education initiatives. BOEM is working in collaboration with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and BSEE to support and promote increased understanding of the effects of oil and/or dispersant exposure on shipwrecks and their resident biota. This study will require the deployment of a 3-D scanner (using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), stationary tripod, or other devices) at each of the shipwreck sites in water depths up to 5,000 feet. It will also require the contractor to conduct an analysis of ROV video footage (newly and previously collected) and updating of existing archaeological site plans to demonstrate degradation and changes in site formation over time. The study area is the Central and Western Planning Areas of the Gulf of Mexico. Twenty (20) days of ship time aboard Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) research vessels, operating personnel, and an ROV will be made available to the contractor in FY 2014. In addition, two ten-day (10) cruises are anticipated in Fall 2013 and Spring or Summer 2014. Vessel costs will be shared by BOEM and the NRL through the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) program. In-kind support will be provided by BSEE. Team efforts among academia, industry, and government participants are required (at least 2 of the 3). Cost sharing or proposals augmenting ongoing partnership efforts are strongly encouraged. Continual communication and coordination between the contractor and BOEM, NRL, and BSEE are required throughout the duration of the project. This study consists of three (3) main tasks: (1) Conduct field investigations of each site: (2) Analysis and data interpretations; and (3) Public outreach.

HOW TO COMPETE FOR THIS CONTRACT: If you are interested in participating in this acquisition, please send your organization’s name, point of contact, address, telephone and fax numbers, email address, and DUNS Number via email to Christy Tardiff at christy.tardiff@bsee.gov or via U.S. Mail to Christy Tardiff, BSEE Acquisition Operations Branch, HE 2306, 381 Elden Street, Herndon, Virginia 20170. Responses are due no later than 2:00 P.M. Eastern Time, Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Those organizations expressing an interest in this opportunity will receive a copy of the complete solicitation upon issuance. Reference Solicitation No. M13PS00035 and title “A Comparative Analysis of an Oil Spill on the Biota Inhabiting Several Gulf of Mexico Shipwrecks: Archaeological Analysis” on all correspondence. TELEPHONE INQUIRIES ARE STRONGLY DISCOURAGED.

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