• Ministry of Infrastructure Development: Invitation For Bids: Provision of Shipping Services

Ministry of Infrastructure Development: Invitation For Bids: Provision of Shipping Services



Type : Notice
Date : March 1, 2023


Provision of Shipping Services

Contract FSS-MID 03/23 CTB C07/23 FR7 Guadalcanal Weather Coast

Date 24th January 2023
Grant   Grant: Franchise Shipping Scheme Project
Deadline for Bids    16th March 2023 @2.00pm (local time Honiara)


  1. The Government of Solomon Islands has allocated grant towards the Franchise Shipping Scheme Project (FSS). Part of the proceeds of this grant will be used for the provision of subsidized shipping services to remote areas. The terms and condition of the contracts and payments will be subject in all respects to the terms and conditions of the SIG’s procurement guidelines. Bidding is only open to bidders from eligible ship operators of Solomon Islands.
  2. The Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID), represented by the Permanent Secretary MID (the Franchisor), now invites sealed bids for the provision of shipping services to the following locations:
  3. FR7 – Guadalcanal Weather Coast
  4. The services consist of the provisions of passengers and cargo shipping services to specified call points at the locations nominated above. The Voyage frequency is one (1) voyage per month for each sub-route. The contract period for the contract is twelve (12) months.
  5. A voyage subsidy will be paid by the Franchisor for each completed voyage for which the Operator provides a service in accordance with the contract. Bidders will submit a bid for their required voyage subsidy for the contract for which they are bidding.
  6. National Competitive Bidding will be conducted on accordance with SIG’s Single –Stage: One-Envelope Bidding Procedure.
  7. Only eligible bidders with the following key qualifications should participate in this bidding:
  • Bidders with one (1) year of experience operating a passenger and cargo vessel in the Solomon Islands
  • Bidders nominating vessels having the minimum passenger and cargo capacity specified in the respective bidding document for the contract; and
  • Bidders nominating vessels having the minimum safety certification specified in the respective bidding document for the contract.
  • For lease/charter vessel, bidder shall produce a original letter of intern from the ship owner including the charter/lease cost.
  • Vessel minimum passenger and cargo capacity and vessel safety certification classification is as per table below.
Franchise Route Cargo (tonnage) Passenger Number Safety Classification
FR7 Guadalcanal Weather Cost 40 Tonnes 40 In shore

7. To obtain further information and to inspect the Bidding Documents, bidders should contact:

Mr Mike Qaqara

Franchise Shipping Scheme Manager

Ministry of Infrastructure Development

Melanesian Haus Building

Mendana Avenue, Honiara, Solomon Islands

Tel. No: (677) 21322

Email: MQaqara@mid.gov.sb

8. To purchase the bidding documents, eligible bidders should:

  • Visit the office of the Franchise Shipping Scheme Project located in the Melanesian Haus Building, CPIU of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Mendana Avenue, Honiara after paying a non refundable fee of SBD200 by cash or bank draft payable to Solomon Islands Government at the Ministry of Infrastructure Development Head Office, Mendana Avenue, Honiara

9. All bids must be comprised of one (1) copy stamped “Copy”, each of which should be inserted in an envelope and all two envelopes placed in a larger outer envelope. The outer and inner envelopes must be marked only with the contract number and the contract name. Bids for separate contracts must be placed in separate envelopes.

10. All bids must be delivered to the following address:

The Chairman, Central Tender Board

Receiving Tenders’ Cashier Counter 5, Ground Floor

Mendana Drive, Point Cruz

Honiara, Solomon Islands

On or before Thursday 16th March 2023, 2:00 pm local Solomon Islands time.

10. All bids must be accompanied by the bidder’s Business Profile and a Bid Securing Declaration using the form provided in the bidding document. Bids will be opened immediately after the deadline in the presence of bidders’ representatives who choose to attend at The Leaf Hut, Central Tenders Board , Ministry of Finance and Treasury, Mendana Avenue, Point Cruz, Honiara. Late bids will be rejected.

11 All prospective bidders are invited to attend the pre-bid briefings to be held at the CPIU Conference Room, Melanesian Haus Building, Mendana Avenue, Honiara Solomon Islands starting at 10.00 am on Thursday 2nd March 2023.

12.The CTB is not bound to accept the lowest or any bid. Failure to comply with the bid instructions may lead to disqualification of the bid.

13. Any attempt may a bidder to influence the award of the bid in their favour will cause automatic disqualification and may lead to criminal proceedings.

Stephen W.Maesiola

Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Infrastructure Development

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