Published date: 23 December 2021

Last edited date: 4 February 2022

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 31 January 2022, 12pm

Contract summary


  • Repair and maintenance services of ships - 50241000

Location of contract

East of England

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

23 December 2021

Closing date

31 January 2022

Closing time


Contract start date

1 May 2022

Contract end date

30 April 2025

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



Text to be corrected in the original notice:
Place of text to be modified: Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate. Date: 07/02/2022 Time: 12:00 to read 21/02/2022 Time 12:00
Instead of: 07 February 2022
Time: 12:00
Read New: 21 February 2022
Time: 12:00
Other additional information: The contracting authority considers that this contract may be suitable for economic operators that are small or medium enterprises (SMEs). However, any selection of tenderers will be based solely on the criteria set out for the procurement.
UKRI are seeking to engage in a fixed period contract with one company/entity to undertake refits on RRS "James Cook", RRS "Discovery" and RRS "Sir David Attenborough" for a period of three years with options for a further two. The successful bidder for the vessel refits will also be able to provide global support should emergency repairs/dockings be required to be undertaken outside of scheduled maintenance periods
To ensure vessels are maintained to the standards required by UKRI, Flag State and Classification Society requirements.
To provide continuity in maintenance standards and utilise one organisation that will gain experience and knowledge of the UKRI vessels. To cover the global footprint of operations for UKRI vessels.

About the buyer


Polaris House
North Star Avenue