At the present time, this acquisition is expected to be issued as a sole source to ABB. The interfaces for the components were designed by ABB and they consider the system interfaces proprietary. ABB is the only current supplier of ice strengthened azimuthing electric propulsion units (Icebreaker classed by the major certifications societies, ABS, DNV and Lloyds Register) only ABB holds the information and expertise regarding troubleshooting and repair tolerances for maintenance of the ice breaking strengthened propulsion units. Under the authority of 10 USC 2304 (a)(1) FAR 6.302-1 only one responsible source and no other supplies or services will the satisfy agency requirements. In response please include the following: (a) a positive statement of your intent to submit a bid for this solicitation as a prime contractor; (b) evidence/capability statement that sufficiently demonstrates qualification capabilities of experience in work similar intype and scope to include contract numbers, project titles, dollar amounts, points of contact and telephone numbers; and (c) capability statement shall includeevidence that the company has access or will have access to ABB's proprietary components, i.e. signed agreement with ABB, licensing agreement, etc (d) past performance references with points of contact and phone numbers. THE INTENT OF THISNOTICE IS TO CONFIRM IF THERE ARE ANY OTHER COMPANIES CAPABLE OF PERFORMING THESE SERVICES. IN THE ABSENCE OF RESPONSE FROM ANY FIRMS THAT BELIEVE THEY HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO PERFORM THIS REQUIREMENT, THE US COAST GUARD INTENDS TO NEGOTIATE WITH ABB FOR THE REQUIREMENT. NO OTHER NOTICE WILL BE PUBLISHED UNTIL AWARD ISMADE.
In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard is seeking in accordance with FAR 19.1305,if your firm is HUBZone certified or FAR 19.1404 if you firm is SDVOSB and intends to submit an offer on this acquisition, please respond by e-mail to HYPERLINK mail to : email@example.com or by fax (757) 628-4676. Questions may be referred to Sandra Martinez at (757) 628-4591. At least two references are requested, but more are desirable. Contractors are reminded that should this acquisition become a HUBZone set aside, SDVOSB Small Business or Small Business set aside, FAR 52.219-3, Notice of Total HUBZone Set-Aside or 52.219-27, Notice of Total Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Set-Aside or 52.214-6, will apply, which requires that at least fifty (50) percent of the cost of personnel forcontract performance be spent for employees of the concern or employees of other HUBZone small business concerns. Your response is required by the close of business on October 25, 2018. All of the above must be submitted in sufficient detail for a decision to be made on a HUBZone or Service-Disabled Veteran-owned Small Business set aside. Failure to submit all information requested may result in a small business set-aside. A decision on whether this will be pursued as a HUBZone or SDVOSB small business set aside, or a Small Business set aside, will be posted on the FedBizOps website at: http://www.fbo.gov