Towers needed to move Shreve

Published Nov. 1, 2007

Louisville, Ky. -- The Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District is looking for a few good towing companies.

The Louisville Repair Station (LRS) needs tow boats to push the repair vessel, the Henry M. Shreve floating crane, and to be able to rent barges when needed. The district has announced a more efficient contracting opportunity -  called a MATOC -  to get LRS the help it needs to keep the navigation system in good repair.

The “MATOC,” or multiple award task order contract, will allow the Repair Station to more efficiently move the H.M. Shreve for emergencies or for scheduled work within the inland waterways. In addition, the repair fleet can procure the needed barges that are required to accomplish their missions.
Lloyd Harlow, floating plant supervisor, Louisville Repair Station, said the Corps is looking throughout the Ohio River Basin or even nationwide for contractors to apply for the district’s MATOC towing contract. The MATOC will reduce the costs and time for both the contractors and the government of setting up many contracts over the five-year period. This process establishes up to five contractors that will complete much of the necessary paperwork up front and only a cost proposal for a specific towing or barge rental project.

“The benefit to us at Louisville District is that, when we need a towing company to help us, we don’t have to go through a lengthy advertisement period,” Harlow said.

“We reduce our costs, and we are able to respond quicker. It allows the contractors to complete the initial paperwork up front and a cost and time proposal when a mission comes up,” he continued. “It’s a better way to do business and the contractor appreciates it, too.”

The availability will be posted within several weeks on the FedBizOpps web site.

Release no. 07-005

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