Published date: 19 May 2023

Last edited date: 31 May 2023

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: 9 June 2023, 11:59pm

Contract summary


  • Heavy-lift ship services - 60651400

Location of contract


Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

19 May 2023

Closing date

9 June 2023

Closing time


Contract start date

16 October 2023

Contract end date

31 May 2024

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Competitive quotation (below threshold)

The buyer selects a group of potential suppliers to invite to tender.

This procedure can be used for procurements below the relevant contract value threshold.

Contract is suitable for SMEs?


Contract is suitable for VCSEs?



BAEs Naval Ships are outsourcing a scope of steelwork fabrication to build yards across the UK. These will range from three single units to a consolidated block. Due to the size and weight of these, seaborne transportation will be required. BAEs Naval Ships are looking to hear from any transportation subcontractor's that would be interested in undertaking this scope of work.
The three single units will be transported to a quayside where they will then be required to be loaded out to a suitable vessel prior to onwards shipping to BAEs Naval Ship's Govan site. The units will then be required to be discharged at the Govan site.
The consolidated block will be built in a number of build cradles. It will require transportation to the quayside via SPMTs. The block will be required to be loaded out to a suitably sized barge and then be secured for onwards transportation to BAEs Naval Ship's Govan site. Upon arrival, the block will be required to be loaded in at Govan and transported to its final location within the yard.
The Supplier is to provide the assets, suitably qualified labour, supervision, inspection engineering and project management to undertake the transportation scope as detailed above.
The supplier is expected to be able to work flexibly, proactively and innovatively, recognising opportunity to improve efficiency and re-prioritise where appropriate. This includes particularly close working with a number of stakeholders.

More information

Additional text

The Purchaser uses an eSourcing toolkit to enable its sourcing activities to be conducted over the Internet. Any organisation wishing to engage in tender activities, with the Purchaser, must follow these steps;
1 - Submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) by email and within the EOI timescale in the TIMESCALE Section below.
2 - Register with EXOSTAR
3 - Join the Tender Process if invited (Instructions will be provided).

STEP 1 - Submitting an EOI via email
In order to submit an EOI for the described equipment you must send an email to;
The email must contain the following details:
the procurement package name and iBoM number (in the e-mail title)
your organisation's name;
your contact's email address;
your contact's name;
your contact's telephone number;
Your email must arrive no later than the EOI deadline stated in the TIMEFRAMES Section below.

STEP 2 - Registration with EXOSTAR Source Pass
The Type 26 GCS tendering process will be conducted utilising the e-Procurement tool Exostar Source Pass UK. Once you activate your account you will be asked to complete your company's registration. Exostar typically process new company registration within 2-3 business days, Interactive tutorials are available in the tool upon registration.
STEP 3 - Invitation to Tender (ITT)
Subsequent to EOIs, the Purchaser may down-select suppliers who will then receive an Invitation to Tender (ITT) pack, including instructions for joining any e-tender.

Responses must be delivered in accordance with the dates below. Any responses received after these date will not be considered.

Open period of this bulletin: 17 May 2023 to 26 May 2023
Deadline for Expression of Interest (EOI) email: 26 May 2023
Proposed/Estimated ITT Issue Date: To be Confirmed
Proposed/Estimated ITT Response Date: To be Confirmed

The issue of this bulletin and your response to it neither creates nor implies any commitment by The Purchaser or the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to place a contract on, or enter into, any form of commitment with, your organisation. BAE Systems Naval Ships - The Purchaser reserves the right to alter its procurement process, and will not be liable for any changes made.

About the buyer

Contact name

Cheryl Marshall


Govan Road
G51 4XP