According to the official procurement document, the budget allocated to the procurement of the vessel is 7.5 million Euros, while the total estimated value of the contract is 9 million Euros. Naval News understands that about 1.5 million Euros would be allocated to the overhaul and the militarization of the vessel.
A Navantia source explained to Naval News that while the Spanish shipbuilder is not involved in the procurement process of the second hand Ro-Ro vessel, they could play a role in its modernization.
Interested parties have until 31 August to submit their proposal to the Spanish defense procurement agency (General de Adquisiciones de Armamento y Material – DGAM). Several criteria will be considered to evaluate each proposal, with the pricing being by far the most important one :
Quality criterion – Name: Ship loading configuration / Weighting: 4
Quality criterion – Name: Documents, plans and calculations / Weighting: 2
Quality criterion – Name: Spare parts included in the ship / Weighting: 3
Cost criterion – Name: Accommodation for more than twenty-nine people / Weighting: 12
Cost criterion – Name: Propulsion consumption / Weighting: 7
Cost criterion – Name: Warranty extension / Weighting: 12
Cost criterion – Name: Ship Painted / Weighting: 3
Cost criterion – Name: Main CBTA access point / Weighting: 2
Cost criterion – Name: Offered price / Weighting: 55
Former Spanish logistics transport vessels
El Camino Español (A-05)
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El Camino Español (A-05) was a civilian Ro-Ro – container ship built in Rio de Janeiro and launched on October 15, 1984. It was procured by the Spanish MoD in 1998 and converted by Navantia’s shipyard (then Bazan) in Cartagena. The vessel had a capacity of 1620 square meters for vehicle loading divided into three decks:
Upper deck: 30 trucks or 60 light vehicles or 120 12-meter containers.
Middle deck: 75 light vehicles.
Main deck: 43 trucks or 20 M-60 tanks.
El Camino Español was decommissioned in November 2019.
Martín Posadillo (A-04)
The Martín Posadillo (A-04) was built in Gijón, Spain, by the Duro Felguera shipyards, and launched in 1973 under the name of Rivanervión. In 1990, the Spanish Army acquired it. The vessel had three cargo decks with a total capacity of 400 linear meters and 600 tons. It has the ability to operate with helicopters, including the CH-47D “Chinook”. It regularly shipped trucks, containers, heavy vehicles (both tracked and wheeled). The vessel was decommissioned in June this year.