The Department of National Defense (DND) scheduled a second pre-bid conference on June 25 for its Landing Dock Acquisition Project for the Philippine Navy under AFP Modernization Program Second Horizon with approved budget for contract of PHP5,560,000,000.00.
The initial pre-bid conference was scheduled yesterday, June 20.
Moreover, the bid opening scheduled on July 4, 2019 was moved on a date “to be announced later,” according to supplemental bid bulletin released by DND.
The Philippine Navy is currently operating two Tarlac-class landing platform docks built by Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL.
According to the technical specifications released by DND, the new landing platform ships should be able to operate at Sea State 6; and suited for helicopter, landing craft utility, MPAC, RHIB, amphibious assault vehicle operations at Sea State 4.
“The builder shall either grant the ownership of the vessel’s design to the Philippine Navy or grant a license to the Philippine Navy to manufacture/build using the design,” DND says in the technical specification.
“The Philippine Navy requires tie-up with local companies or shipyard so that a minimum of one (1) unit of the LD will be constructed in-country,” it noted.