Jadrolinija Cancels Tender for Electric Ships

Katarina Anđelković

Jadrolinija ferry (Rijeka-Zadar ferry line introduced)

June 9, 2023 – Jadrolinija cancelled their tender for the construction of three electrically powered passenger ships. Apparently, none of the seven bidders met all the technical and legal requirements. A new tender will be published soon, Jadrolinija confirmed.

As Index writes, an explanation of the decision was published in the Electronic Public Procurement Classifieds. It states that Jadrolinija, in the process of reviewing and evaluating applications for participation in the competitive procedure, made separate decisions on the inadmissibility of participation for each of the competitors. Moreover, considering that there has not been a single capable competitor, they made the decision to cancel the tender.

According to the Minutes on the Review and Evaluation of Requests, seven bids were submitted within the February 22 deadline.

“By analyzing the completed e-ESPD forms and requests for participation of all competitors and other documents submitted with the requests for participation, as well as by analyzing the documents and evidence submitted by completion, it was determined that none of the competitors met the criteria for the qualitative selection of the economic entity and, for that reason, they will not be invited to submit bids,” the explanation states.

Jadrolinija Tender Conditions

In January, Jadrolinija started the public procurement procedure for constructing three electrically powered passenger ships. The estimated value was 45 million euros. Their construction would be co-financed from European funds. The competitive procedure would be conducted with negotiations in two stages. The aim was to sign a framework agreement with one bidder.

The tender was announced for three passenger ships with no harmful gas emissions, that is, electrically powered. They would be intended for the transport of passengers and cargo. Each would have a capacity of 389 passengers, with eight crew members.

In addition to general navigation, each ship should also be designed for the needs of navigation on the state shipping lines Mali Lošinj – Susak (310), Šibenik – Vodice (505) and Suđurađ – Dubrovnik (807). The maximum length of the ship can be 52 meters, and the maximum width can be 12 meters.

The basic drive of the ship should be electric with the use of electricity stored in batteries. Furthermore, a supplementary source of electricity would be a photovoltaic power plant installed on the roof of the sun deck. Finally, its backup energy sources should be two diesel generators.


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