SHAH ALAM: MPB contract award. Sandakan Jaya Teknik Sdn Bhd has been awarded the Letter of Award (LOA) for the three multi purpose boats (MPB) sought by the Eastern Fleet Command for Op Benteng operations. A check on the Eperolehan website today showed that the LOA for the tender was awarded to the company. The LOA for the contract is RM2.4 million.
As reported previously
According the specifications published, two of the MPBs will be based at the TLDM base in Sepanggar, Kota Kinabalu with the last one at Sandakan. It said the main task for the MPBs are for “Intercept the Contact of Interest(COI)”. Other duties include counter-piracy and anti-sea robbery operation, deter entry of illegal foreign fishing boats and immigrants, deter entry of illegal and goods smuggling activities, intelligence gathering activities as well as as search and rescue operation.
We know Sandakan Jaya would be the favourite for the tender as it had won the contract to supply a similar boat to the Eastern Fleet Command as reported here. In fact that boat went on trials on Nov. 11 last year, just a month after the tender for three boats was published on Sept. 24.
With the confirmation of the contract, the Eastern Fleet Command will now have four MPB very soon as the Op Benteng tender had specifically stated that the winning bidder must be able to supply the boats within 36 months. I dont think Sandakan Jaya will have any problems in fulfilling the requirement. Anyhow the RMN has the right to ask for damages if the company is tardy in meeting them.
It appears that the RMN has had better luck when in comes to delivery for its Op Benteng requirements. Perhaps its time to use the term in future tenders?
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