UK-Edinburgh: Hire of helicopters with crew.

UK-Edinburgh: Hire of helicopters with crew.

Preliminary Questions
This notice is for prior information only: Yes
This notice aims at reducing time-limits for receipt of tenders: No
This notice is a call for competition: No

Section I: Contracting Authority

I.1) Name and addresses:
Northern Lighthouse Board
84 George Street, Northern Lighthouse Board, Edinburgh, EH2 3DA, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 1314733131, Email:
Contact: Angela Cahill
Main Address:, Address of the buyer profile:
Specifications and additional documents: As Above
I.2) Joint procurement:
The contract involves joint procurement: Yes.
In the case of joint procurement involving different countries, state applicable national procurement law:
United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body: No .

I.3) Communication
Further information can be obtained from: the above mentioned address

I.4) Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5) Main activity:
Other activity: Aid to Navigation for UK, Scotland and the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland

Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement - 1
II.1.1) Title: GLA Helicopter Services
Reference number: GLA/HELI/2221
II.1.2) Common Procurement Vocabulary:
60424120 - Hire of helicopters with crew.
II.1.3) Type of contract: SERVICES
II.1.4) Short description:
The procurement of General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) helicopter services support for their Marine Aids to Navigation Strategy to 2035 and beyond by providing the means to access and maintain their more remote Aids to Navigation. An effective helicopter service is a vital element in the provision of the GLAs’ service to the mariner: a reliable, efficient and cost-effective network of marine Aids to Navigation. The required outcomes of this contract are: -A reliable, integrated, passenger and cargo service (including Helicopter External Sling Load Operations) to support Aids to Navigation maintenance activity. -A service able to respond quickly and efficiently to 'casualties' (light or other navigational aid failures) at any time and in any place in the GLA operational area. Not having an effective helicopter service, even for a short period of time, has the potential to make a serious impact upon the critical, statutory services the GLAs deliver around the UK and Ireland. * Please note it is the intention to Tender this contract as a Tri-GLA including Northern Lighthouse Board, Trinity House and Irish Lights. The Contract length in point V1.5 of this Notice is the minimum term for this contract and the GLA's may increase this beyond the 10 years. The Tri-GLA reserve the right to divide into Lots at Tender stage, subject to the development of the documentation
II.1.5) Estimated total value:
Value excluding VAT (give figures only) : 30,000,000 - GBP
II.1.6) Information about lots:
This contract is divided into lots: No
Maximum number of lots that may be awarded to one tenderer: Not Provided
The contracting authority reserves the right to award contracts combining the following lots or groups of lots: Not Provided

II.2) Lot Description
II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s):
34711500 - Helicopters.
35612300 - Support helicopters.
35613000 - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
60440000 - Aerial and related services.
34711400 - Special-purpose aircraft.
II.2.3) Place of performance:
Region Codes:
II.2.4) Description of the procurement:
Key Requirements: Passenger and cargo service (including Helicopter External Sling Load Operations) to and from lighthouse sites (including offshore locations) and lighthouse vessels. Task examples: -A smaller task would be to carry two technicians with small tools and emergency overnight kit to a lighthouse in the morning and return later the same day; the radius of action is likely to be between 5 and 100 nm. - A larger task might require twelve workers, their baggage and several tons of underslung material to be carried out in several trips from a vessel close by or an onshore location nearby and brought back a few days or weeks later. In practice there are a wide variety of tasks in terms of size, distance and complexity. A task may change to include underslung loads at any time. Underslung loads represent between 15 and 32% of the operational flying tasks per year (averaging 22%). They are usually flown from a GLA vessel close by or from an accessible point on the nearest mainland to reduce the distance and duration of the operation. The support of building and renovation tasks at lighthouses creates the requirement for a great variety of weights, shapes, sizes, and natures of underslung loads with different aerodynamic characteristics. The helicopter service will be required throughout the operating areas of the GLAs, but principally: - NLB - North from the Isle of Man through all the Scottish coast and islands, including the Orkney, Shetland, Western Isles and south-east to St Abb’s Head. - IL - All around the island of Ireland. - TH - from Anglesey south and east along the coasts of Wales and South West England, the Isles of Scilly and Channel Islands, English Channel and North Sea coast of England.
II.2.14) Additional information
The GLA Helicopters are to be twin turbine helicopters equipped, certified and capable of operating single pilot IFR operations and to operate under Sub-Part HOFO and Part-SPO, capable of: - operating from legacy helidecks of GLA vessels (D value 12) - operating from sub-1D elevated lantern top helipads - operating on rough and uneven ground

II.3) Estimated Date of publication

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description
IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA )
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) - NO

Section VI: Complementary Information
VI.3) Additional Information:
The Northern Lighthouse Board, in conjunction with Trinity House and Irish Lights (GLA's) will undertake two Market Engagement stages. Stage 1 will be in the form of a questionnaire. The questionnaire will be available via Delta Messenger Portal or by contacting Stage 2 will be in the form of an on-line market engagement day, which may be followed up with 1-1 meetings. The date for the Market Engagement is set for 5 April 2024. The agenda for the day will: 1. Introduce key project stakeholders 2. Highlight the strategic vision and roadmap for the services to the GLA's 3. Provide an overview of the user requirements 4. Detail the procurement process; including 4a. Quality considerations 4b. Commercial considerations 4c. The invitation to tender 5. Provide an opportunity for Q&A Please note your interest in attending the market engagement day to Angela Cahill- The confirmed time and agenda for the market engagement day will be communicated to all interested parties as soon as possible.
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VI.5) Date Of Dispatch Of This Notice: 22/02/2024


IV) Address of the other contracting authority on behalf of which the contracting authority is purchasing
Purchased on behalf of other contracting authority details:

1: Contracting Authority
The Commissioners of Irish Lights
Harbour Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, A96 H500, Ireland
Main Address:

2: Contracting Authority
The Corporation of Trinity House of Deptford Strond Trinity House
Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4DH,, United Kingdom
Main Address: