ITT Antarctic Seeks Bids For Charter/Purchase Of Icebreaker For NSF

ITT Antarctic Services, Inc., under contract to the National Science Foundation, Division of Polar Programs, is seeking the charter/purchase of an icebreaking research vessel to operate in the Antarctic and southern ocean waters in support of the U.S. Antarctic Program.

The general purpose, multidisciplinary oceanographic research vessel, which should have an overall length from 250 to 300 feet, must be capable of steaming continuously at 3 knots or better through level ice with a thickness of three feet or more.

The procurement includes a "Buy American" provision. The provision calls for the vessel to be built in a U.S. shipyard, unless the lowest U.S. bid is more than 50 percent above the lowest foreign bid. In determining the cost of the vessel, the provision requires that the cost of the vessel will be "increased by the amount of any subsidies or financing provided by a foreign government (or instrumentally thereof) to such vessel's construction." The Shipbuilders Council of America, an organization whose members include the major shipbuilders and ship repairers in the U.S., fought hard for the inclusion of the "Buy American" provision.

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