With the previous bidding for Acquisition of Landing Docks (LDs) for the Philippine Navy being not successful, the Department of National Defense (DND) has set another bidding.
One major revision for the new bidding is the removal of provision requiring a tie-up with local companies or shipyard so that a minimum of one unit of the 2 ordered LDs will be constructed in country.
However, in the new bidding the DND requires the builder to “grant the ownership of the vessel’s design to the Department of National Defense and the Philippine Navy.”
This project involves two (2) units New Construction Landing Docks Vessels with four (4) units Landing Craft Utility (LCU) and four (4) units Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) with Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) for the Philippine Navy.
The project has an approved budget for contract of PHP5,560,000,000.00. A pre-bid conference is set on September 10. The bid opening will be held on September 24.
The DND, in supplemental bid bulletin for the previous bidding, noted the “criticality of time in acquiring said vessels.”
The Philippine Navy is currently operating two Tarlac-class landing platform docks acquired under Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program First Horizon.