February 27, 2014 (NEW ALBANY, INDIANA) — Seaward Services Inc., New Albany, Ind., is proud to announce that the company is being awarded a $26,654,889 indefinite delivery/indefinite-quantity contract incorporating firm-fixed price and cost-plus-fixed-fee provisions for the provision of vessels, supplies, equipment and services in support of the South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) in Dania Beach, Fla.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division’s South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) is located on the south side of Port Everglades inlet in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This site has housed an active, continuously operating Navy range for more than 50 years.
SFOMF is a member of the Naval Sea Systems Command team and falls under the cognizance of the Naval Surface Warfare Center. SFOMF offers land, sea and air test environments for use by government, private industry and educational/institutional communities. This contract will provide materials, supplies, equipment, vessels and services needed to efficiently and effectively operate and maintain the facility. Data acquisition systems, offshore test range(s), underwater systems, boats, vehicles, and associated material and weight handling equipment used for testing. Work will be performed in Dania Beach, Fla., and is expected to complete by September 2019. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance, Navy funding in the amount of $95,000 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
Seaward Services has successfully supported ocean testing, range craft operation and maintenance, waterfront facilities operation and mobilization/demobilization requirements at SFOMF for the past twenty-three years. Mark Strout, project manager, has more than sixteen (16) years of experience in contract management and twenty (20) years in direct support of NAVSEA Laboratories, including NSWC and UWC. The SFOMF offers land, sea and air test environments in a natural laboratory setting for use by government, private industry and the educational/research institution community. The ocean test environment offers shallow-water, deep-water and western boundary ocean current conditions in the Straits of Florida between southeastern Florida and the Bahamas, adjacent to the Miami Terrace. This diverse ocean test environment also includes multiple bottom types, coral reef areas, fish habitats and a no anchorage zone to protect underwater in-situ cabling and infrastructure. Typical tests and trials at SFOMF include: underwater electromagnetic, magnetic and electric signature measurements; acoustic signature measurements; air, surface and subsurface mine hunting vehicle testing: oceanographic research, corrosion research, acoustic and optical bathymetric survey tests and radar signature tests.
According to Bill Annand, President/COO of Seaward Services, Inc. “This is award is not only a testament to our outstanding execution in support of the SFOMF mission, it is also a clear demonstration of our diverse services as a company. We see test range contracts as critical part of our future activity and growth.”
Seaward Services is a privately-owned and professionally managed marine services contractor specializing in the operation, maintenance and repair of government and company owned high-speed vessels, research vessels, range craft and service craft. The company also operates and maintains US Navy ranges and port facilities. Seaward Services is an HMS Global Maritime Company. For more information, log on to: www.seawardservices.com.