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ARM MERCHANT SHIPS?
Should merchant ships transiting high risk areas carry small arms for defense against pirates?

Selected crew should be trained and have guns available
Professional armed security teams should be hired
No guns on merchant ships, ever

R/V Walton Smith

September 21, 2009

Navsea again shopping for survey vessel for Oman

The Naval Sea Systems Command has issued an RFP (Solicitation No: N0002409R2255) on behalf of PEO Ships, Project Office Foreign Military Sales and Counternarcotics Boats and Craft for a hydrographic survey Vessel for the Royal Navy of Oman. The Government anticipates the Oman HSV will be produced using: (a) Small Business Set-Aside; (b) "build-to-print" requirements; (c) lowest price, technically acceptable source selection process (d) Firm Fixed Price Type Contract; and (e) Contract Award, no split awards. The contract will include one hydrographic survey launch, provisioned items order (PIO) for spare parts, and training. A twelve month period of performance is anticipated.

The Oman HSV would operate within Omani waters performing hydrographic survey operations offshore from a depth of 7 meters to 1000 meters with the capability to collect hydrographic data to International Hydrographic Organization requirements. The U.S. Governmen will provide the offeror with the vessel design.

This design is based on the existing University of Miami R/V Walton Smith Catamaran that was constructed to ABS loadline and 46CFR Subchapter "T" requirements for a vessel under 100 gross tonnage.

Contacts are Thomas Baranowski, Contract Specialist, at thomas.baranowski@navy.mil, and Maureen Barlow, Contracting Officer, at maureen.barlow@navy.mil.

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