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GLIN==> Market Survey - Availability of Small Business Ballast Treatment Testing Facilities



This message is posted by David Reid on behalf of LCDR Jim
Hurley, USCG:

Background

THIS IS NOT A SYNOPSIS TO ADVERTISE A SOLICITATION THAT IS
READY FOR RELEASE, rather the purposes are (a) to determine
whether there are a sufficient number of responsible sources
(SMALL BUSINESS) and (b) to conduct market research.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is seeking information on test
and/or research facilities that could potentially
participate in testing of ship ballast water treatment
technologies within the Environmental Protection Agency
(USEPA) Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program
(information on the ETV Program may be found at
www.epa.gov/etv).  Ballast water discharged from ships has
been implicated as a major means for introducing
nonindigenous species to the aquatic ecosystems of the
United States.  In an effort to reduce risk of such
introductions, Congress enacted the National Invasive
Species Act of 1996 (NISA), provisions of which directed the
USCG to develop a National Ballast Water Management
Program.  Key to this effort is the development of
innovative technologies for treating ballast water to remove
unwanted organisms.  A number of potential ballast water
treatment technologies are being investigated worldwide by
government, industry, academic and non-governmental
interests.

The USCG and the USEPA have formally agreed to cooperatively
utilize the ETV Program to assess the performance level of
private sector, commercially ready ballast water treatment
technologies.  The USCG views participation in the ETV
Program as a way to facilitate development of protocols for
evaluating capabilities of ballast water treatment systems,
and as a source of information in their efforts to develop
regulatory procedures for approving ballast water treatment
systems for installations on ships.  Performance testing of
any apparatus in the ETV Program does not constitute
approval by the USCG or the USEPA, nor does it set any
standards for regulatory purposes.


Facility Description

It is desired that suitable ballast water treatment
technology test facilities incorporate the following:

 · Water Source - a natural body of marine or fresh water
with natural assemblages of organisms, sufficiently large to
permit sample collection and system operation.

 · Water Delivery, Distribution and Discharge System –
equipped with sufficient intakes, pumps, piping, valves,
bypass piping, electrical power and controllers.  Standard
flanged connections and adapters are needed to allow
installation and removal of various flow-through water
treatment and/or organism removal equipment.  Discharge
permits would be obtained as needed per applicable
regulations.  Systems capable of varying intake water flow
rates in range of those typically found in modern shipboard
ballast systems (350 to 4400 gpm) are desired.  Appropriate
capabilities will be required to allow withdrawal of
representative water samples.  The ability to take samples
upstream of the pump, between the pump and treatment system
equipment, between major components of treatment systems,
and again downstream of treatment system equipment is
desired.  The capability to manipulate physical and chemical
characteristics (i.e., turbidity, color, etc) of test water
will also be required.

 · Sample Holding Tanks – capable of storage in either a
dark or light, temperature controlled environment, with
capacities ranging from 50 to 200 gallons.

 · Water Holding Tanks – adapted or constructed to mimic
typical shipboard ballast water tank structure, conditions,
and capacities, with access to allow installation and
removal of various in-tank water treatment equipment.

 · Monitoring System – calibrated system monitoring
equipment such as flow meters, turbidity meters, temperature
sensors and pressure gages would be incorporated as needed.

 · Biological Testing Laboratory – a professionally staffed
and equipped laboratory, with demonstrated experience,
capable of determining presence, percent-kill, disappearance
rate and viability of organisms such as bacteria,
zooplankton, and phytoplankton.  Analyses of biochemical
compounds such as ATP and chlorophyl, and the volume
distribution of particle sizes would be included in testing
activities.  Samples may be analyzed immediately after
treatment, or after a period of time in dark or light
controlled temperature storage.

 · Organism Cultures – access to sufficient living organism
cultures for use as surrogates and indicators is also
desired.

 · Shipping Port Access – possibly to allow offload and
analysis of ballast water from an operating ship.

 · All Weather Enclosure – to allow system operation and
sampling for all typical weather conditions in a facility’s
geographic region.

Facilities having any of the capabilities described are
encouraged to submit responses to this announcement.
Facilities do not need to meet all of capabilities described
to respond to this announcement.  Please describe succinctly
the capabilities and infrastructure components that meet the
needs listed above.  Offerors shall provide the following:
(1) Capability Statement addressing the above areas (limit 8
pages) and (2) Company History (limit 1 page).

The sole purpose of the announcement is to identify existing
facilities with the described capabilities for possible
certification as designated facilities for a prospective
testing program.  It is NOT a research or development
project.  The purpose of this announcement is NOT to
“develop” or evaluate potential NEW products, services or
facilities, or to improve existing facilities for the
purpose of meeting the specific performance capabilities or
objectives.  At this stage, the Government has NO intention
to further develop or produce any equipment from the
information received.  Moreover, as a result of the
announcement, NO funds are involved.  The announcement is
NOT a procurement contracting action.  The Government is not
obligated to award a contract on the basis of the
information received or otherwise pay for the information
solicited/submitted.  Information collected through this
announcement will be reviewed by individuals from USCG,
USEPA and private industry.  Please identify if you are
large or small business in your response.  NOTE:  Actual
proposals are not being solicited at this time for the above
requirement, and no contract will be awarded in response to
this "Sources Sought" and "Market Research Synopsis".


Point of Contact

Please forward requested information and any questions
regarding information requested to: LCDR Jim Hurley, USCG
Research and Development Center, Phone 860-441-2657, email
jhurley@rdc.uscg.mil.  Forward requested information by 15
October 2001.  Electronic responses are preferred.




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