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Request for information (RFI) in regard the allocation of berths for container vessels, under fixed window agreements – Preliminary process prior to signature of Berthing Window Agreements

GENERAL

As preliminary process prior to signature of Berthing Window Agreements (i.e., allocation of a fixed weekly berth program for container vessels, in some of APC's container quays), Ashdod Port Company Ltd. (hereinafter "APC") wish to examine market requirements in such respect.

For this purpose, APC requests to receive information from Carriers, Ship owners or their appointed Agents.

INFORMATION  REQUEST

Without any obligation, APC hereby invites Carriers, Ship owners or their appointed Agents to provide written pertinent information relating to this expected operational activity as detailed below:

1.       Carrier details-

Name of the carrier, Name of its appointed Agent, Agent’s address, name and position of the contact person, Tel, Fax, E-mail.

If the respondent is an appointed agent, it must attach to the response a confirmation by the Carriers and/or by the Ship owner that it is authorized to respond on their behalf.

2.       Details on the Ashdod activity of the carrier -

(This should be filled for each service of the carrier calling or intend to call Ashdod separately)

2.1     Detail on the carrier service: Name of the Service, Route, Vessels’ profile on that service (Vessel Names, LOA, Beam, Ashdod Draft, and Total Nominal TEU's Capacity).

2.2     Details on the expected volumes (This should be filled in terms of unit movements (not TEU’s):

a)     Annual volume expected (Import/Export/Transshipments/OOG/Empty /Reefer);

c)     Total Average Movements per Call (all types).

2.3     Preferred window:
first priority -     arrival on day ________ hour ________.
second priority - arrival on day ________ hour ________.

2.4     Any special request or relevant comment.

3.       Responses should be submitted Sunday to Thursday during the usual working hours (08:00 to 16:00 IL time), to: 
Ashdod Port Company Ltd.     
Tender Box, Chamber of the head of Equipment Procurement Department          
Equipment Department Building, 1st floor.           
ASHDOD PORT          

THE MANNER OF RESPONDING TO THE RFI

Responses must be submitted, in the form attached hereto as appendix A (This should be filled for each service of the carrier calling or intend to call Ashdod separately), by Sunday, July 5th, 2009, 14:00 IL time, to  the Tender Box, at the chamber of the head of Equipment Procurement Department, Equipment Department Building, 1st floor, Port of Ashdod.

No responses shall be accepted after the above indicated last date set for submission of responses

Questions and clarifications regarding this RFI may be addressed to Dr. YEHUDA HEIMLICH, APC's business development & environmental director, Tel. 08-8517339 and / or by E-MAIL: yehudahe@ashdodport.co.il.

Please note, person/company who has submitted already its response to the Request in the framework of APC's previous announcement, is Not Required to submit a response to this Request.

APC intends, without any obligation, to negotiate the signature of a Berthing Window Agreement with persons/companies that have submitted a response to this RFI no later than the last date set for submission of responses as indicated above and with those who have submitted responses to the Request in the framework of APC's previous announcement.  

This RFI does not constitute a public tender, and it does not constitute any obligation of the APC to continue and/or act in the subject, or in any other manner. This Request does not constitute a contract or any other legal relationship between the APC and any of the respondents.

However, APC reserves its right to use the information obtained under this Request, all in accordance with its sole discretion. 

Should APC decide to continue with the next stages of the engagement processes and/or conduct a future process, APC shall be entitled to alter or add conditions and requirements, all of it according to its professional discretion and in accordance with its needs.

APC reserves its right to approach, as may be required, the bodies that responded to this RFI, requesting to complete the information and obtain clarifications, etc.

APC is entitled, at any time, to postpone the last date to submit the information as well as change instructions and terms related to this process, all at its sole and absolute discretion.

 appendix A