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“Ferry Contract Inconclusive” – Transport Minister Says

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“Ferry Contract Inconclusive” – Transport Minister Says

The Minister of Transport and Aviation, Hon. Leonard Balogun Koroma has clarified that, contrary to rumours, no contract has been awarded for the procurement of two new ferries. “The evaluation process of the bidding documents is still ongoing… We have not awarded any contract to any supplier as far as the ferry contract is concerned”, Hon. Logus Koroma said.
The Minister denied report that he had ruled out the possibility of any Chinese company winning the bid. “This is totally erroneous and misleading… Let me be very clear, Ministers do not influence the award of contracts…There is a Procurement and Evaluation Committee that examines all bid documents and make their recommendation… This role is not performed by any Cabinet Minister”, he said.
He denied report that a Chinese company, Sinotruck International, which is the lowest responsive bidder (US$ 8,815,000) has been blacklisted. “This is absolute nonsense”, the Minister fumed.
Hon. Logus Koroma said that he was keeping an open mind and assured that, he would not interfere with the work of the Evaluation and Procurement Committee at any stage.
It would be recalled that, on 10th November, 2014 the Ministry of Transport and Aviation put out an advertisement for the supply of two new ferries to the Government of Sierra Leone through an International Competitive Bidding. Six companies bidded for the contract but it is rumoured that some form of influence peddling might undermine the credibility of the entire bidding process.
The six companies are Holland Shipyard (€10,729.039), Damen Shipping (€21,644,200), Sinotruck International (US$8,815,000), IBISK Management Limited (US$13,400,000), Global Procurement (US$15,800,000) and FMCS Group Incorporation (US$16,500,000).
The Minister last night described the bid assessment process as inconclusive. “Nothing has been agreed”, said Minister Logus Koroma.

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