MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Navy has opened bids for a total of 242.1 million pesos for the repair and maintenance of two of its heavy landing craft, BRP Ivatan and BRP Batak, and the logistics support vessel BRP Bacolod City.
The Navy’s Tenders and Rewards Committee (BAC) has begun accepting bids for a 41.4 million peso contract, through a negotiated deal, for dry docking and other repairs Related for BRP Ivatan (LC298).
An Approved Contract Budget (ABC) of 33.8 million pesos, also under a negotiated contract, has been proposed for the dry docking and other related repairs of BRP Batak (LC299).
BRP Bacolod City (LS550) is also to be dry-docked and repaired with the ABC placed at 166.9 million pesos.
The BAC of the Navy has scheduled the opening of bids for the three contracts on March 22.
Dry-docking involves bringing a ship into a shipyard and onto land so that its submerged parts can be cleaned and inspected as part of the ship’s regular preventative maintenance.
The BRP Bacolod City is considered one of the Navy’s most modern transport ships, commissioned in 1993. It was acquired brand new by the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.
BRP Ivatan and BRP Batak were formerly the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Brunei and HMAS Tarakan before being decommissioned in 2014 and refurbished and then donated to the Philippine Navy in 2015.
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