The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is planning for the removal and disposal of two shipwrecks at the Palmyra and Kingman Reef National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) in the central Pacific Ocean, according to contract documents posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on Thursday.
The USFS is seeking a contractor that can supply all equipment, materials and supplies necessary to remove a grounded 121 foot steel hull, longline fishing vessel and scattered debris from the western terrace reef at Palmyra Atoll NWR, and the remnants of a teak fishing vessel and scattered debris from the Kingman Reef NWR.
“All metal parts of the shipwrecks and debris are negatively impacting the marine community and need to be removed,” the USFS said in contract documents. “The contractor must furnish all labor, equipment, materials, and transportation to remove and properly dispose of the wrecks and debris, including obtaining all necessary permitting and compliance documentation.”
The agency plans to release a contract solicitation for the project on Sept. 21, with response of proposal 30 days after posting. There will be two phases to the solicitation process.