The icebreaker dock floats away from the Chinese

The replayed tender for the construction of a floating dock for the nuclear icebreakers of Atomflot again ended with the recognition of only one bid – the Turkish Kyzey Star Shipyard. The other two applications were rejected, including from China’s Jiangsu Dajin, which last time filed a complaint with the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS). The Commission acknowledged that the Chinese shipyard had not yet proven its expertise, capacity and human resources, in due form. Lawyers explain that now participants whose applications were rejected have five days to appeal, otherwise a contract with a single supplier could be concluded in June.

For the second time, Turkey’s Kyzey Star Shipyard remained the only admitted candidate in the tender for the construction of a floating dock for almost 5 billion rubles. for nuclear icebreakers of FSUE Atomflot subordinate to Rosatom. As follows from the minutes of the meeting of the commission for the selection of applications and summing up the results, the purchase was declared invalid. It was planned to sign a contract with Kyzey Star Shipyard in April (see Kommersant on April 6). However, one of the participants in the competition is the Chinese shipyard Jiangsu Dajin Heavy Industry Co. LTD – filed a complaint with the FAS, which the department recognized as legal (see Kommersant dated April 20). As a result, Atomflot had to resume the tender and extend the collection of applications.

For a year now, Atomflot has been trying to find a contractor for the construction of a floating dock, which is necessary for dock repairs of nuclear icebreakers, including the new Arktika series of project 22220 and nuclear technology support vessels.

  • The dock must be built within 29 months from the date of signing the contract.
  • The money for its creation is allocated by Atomflot itself.
  • Dock length – at least 220 m, width – about 48 m, pontoon height – about 6 m, carrying capacity – about 30 thousand tons.
  • The maximum contract price, including zero VAT, is RUB 4.983 billion.

Russian shipyards, including the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), did not apply for the tender. Sources of Kommersant in shipbuilding noted that the enterprises gave the price one and a half to two times higher, explaining this by high overhead costs, the lack of a project, high saturation and high metal consumption. In addition, the problem of free capacities remained, ready to quickly and cheaply build a dock with a length of more than 200 m. The head of the USC, Alexei Rakhmanov, in an interview with PortNews assumed that a dock would not be built abroad either, “and if they do, it is not very clear how then serve. ” Kommersant’s interlocutors initially called Kyzey the main contender for this order. The shipyard is currently completing two LNG ferries for the Ust-Luga-Baltiysk line.

Initially, three bids were submitted for the competition – Kyzey, which offered a price of 4.981 billion rubles, the Turkish Epic Denizcilik ve Gemi Insaat AS, ready to fulfill the order for 4.45 billion rubles, and the Chinese Jiangsu Dajin for 4.57 billion rubles.

Following the processing of applications, Epic Denizcilik was denied participation in the purchase and requests for clarification were sent from Kyzey and Jiangsu Dajin.

Jiangsu Dajin was again denied participation following the re-examination of applications. The Commission refers to the inconsistency of the company’s application with procurement documents related to the confirmation of contracts for work on the construction of ships completed in 2018-2021, drawn up in accordance with accounting rules.

  • In particular, Jiangsu Dajin submitted a certificate of experience in the implementation of contracts, in which he indicated 55 contracts for the supply of various equipment, but not documents confirming the implementation of work on the construction of ships.
  • The company provided a certificate of experience, which mentions ten contracts with a total value of 13.6 billion rubles, but without a proper indication of the cost of the work performed by the shipyard itself in 2018-2021, the protocol notes.
  • In addition, the commission points out that Jiangsu Dajin did not provide documents confirming the presence and working order of the outfitting embankment with a length of at least 520 m and a depth at the quay wall of at least 10 m, the presence of the necessary lifting mechanisms, a painting booth, a hydraulic press with a force of at least 400 TC and plasma cutting machines.
  • Also, Jiangsu Dajin could not confirm the required number of human resources – the certificate provided contained information about Jiangsu Green Heavy Industrial Co. Ltd, “not participating in the procurement”.

Kommersant’s interlocutors in the industry feared that the need for a new survey of all participants and a complaint to the FAS would lead to a delay in construction. Vyacheslav Ruksha, deputy head of Rosatom, head of the Northern Sea Route Directorate, in an interview with Kommersant on December 15, 2020, said that a new dock was needed “exactly by the fall of 2024”.

A procurement participant whose application was rejected can appeal the actions of the procurement organizer to the FAS within five days after the publication of the minutes of the procurement commission, says Oleg Sheikin, a lawyer for Forward Legal. If this deadline is missed or a contract with a single participant has already been concluded, then the actions of the procurement organizer can only be appealed in court, he explains. The lawyer also recalls that if several bids were submitted for participation in the procurement, but only one was admitted to participate, the procurement is declared invalid, but the law allows the possibility of concluding a contract with a single supplier.

Anastasia Vedeneeva