Morehead City Inner Harbor Maintenance Dredging

Contract Opportunity Type: Sources Sought (Original)
Original Published Date: Feb 06, 2023 12:57 pm EST
Original Response Date: Feb 13, 2023 04:00 pm EST

This is a Sources Sought/Request for Information only. This is NOT a Solicitation Announcement, nor is it a Request for Proposal. This request does not obligate the Government in any contract award.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, is conducting research to determine the market capabilities of potential contractors to perform maintenance dredging. The area of consideration for this dredging service is: Morehead City Inner Harbor, Carteret County, North Carolina.

Estimated Quantity: 600,000 CY

Environmental Window: The environmental window for mechanical dredging in the Northwest leg, West Leg, and East Legs of the Inner Harbor is August 1 – March 1. No environmental window is required for mechanical dredging in Range C. No hopper or scow overflow is permitted in the West or Northwest Legs. No environmental window is required for pipeline dredging in these channel reaches.

The work includes maintenance dredging of the Morehead City Harbor federal navigation channel reaches including Range C, East Leg, West Leg, and Northwest Leg. The work will consist of removal and disposal of shoaled material that has accumulated in the channels since the various areas were last dredged. The work will require a mechanical dredge and/or pipeline dredge. Dredging depths range from 35’ plus 2’ of allowable overdepth to 45’ plus 2’ of allowable overdepth. The estimated quantity of material to be dredged is 600,000 cubic yards. The Government furnished placement area for dredged material is the ODMDS placement area.

All interested firms with 237990 as an approved NAICs code have until 13 February 2023 at 1600 EST to submit the following information:

- Name & Address of your Firm

- Point of Contact (Name/Phone/E-mail)

- Current SAM

- Documentation of use of a hydraulic pipeline dredge

- Business Size, to include designation as HUBZone, 8(a), Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, Woman-Owned Business, and Large Business. Any supporting documentation that confirms your socio-economic status should be provided, i.e., letter of certification from VA confirming SDVOSB status. The Government must be able to verify SBA certification of HubZone and 8(a) via SAM.

- Bonding capability - both single and aggregate capacity contracts, as evidenced by submission of Surety Company Letter stating bonding capacity.

- Evidence of capabilities to perform comparable work (dredging projects). The contractor must provide evidence of comparable work on two (2) recent projects greater than $1,000,000.00 in value (not more than five (5) years old.) Include the project name and description of the key/salient features of the project (completion date, total contract construction value, and your company's level of involvement in the project, i.e., subcontractor (type), prime, GC, etc. and your specific role. Additionally, if you were teaming with another firm, clearly identify your role on the project(s) submitted. Please provide at least one point of contact (with e-mail address and phone number) for project validation. The Government will not give credit to projects if the lack of information hinders the ability to determine relevancy and/or level or experience.

- Firm's capability to perform, to include geographic span and project size.

- Information on Teaming Arrangement (if applicable). Although we are not looking for formal signed agreements at this time, if you intend to "team" with another firm, formally or informally, you must submit information, not more, than one (1) page, about your team's involvement. More specifically, you must submit sufficient information for the Government to determine the roles each team member will play and what your socio-economic status is or will be considering the proposed arrangement. Therefore, included in your one (1) page if you are a Small Business and you intend to mentor/protégé and/or JV with a large business both team members must sign agreeing that 40% of the labor will be performed by the 8(a) firm. Additionally, if the team is a mentor/protégé arrangement, identify the areas that will be mentored. Any supporting documentation that confirms your socio-economic status as a team should be provided.

The Government may not give credit to your socio-economic class if there is not sufficient documentation to support it or if the Government cannot verify through other means that your business is as such.

The contract period of performance will begin in the year 2023 and extend to 2024. The estimated magnitude of this project is between $1,000,000.00 and $5,000,000.00, The NAICS Code for this project is 237990 Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction and the size standard is $30.0Million. [NOTE: Dredging - To be considered small for purposes of Government procurement, a firm must perform at least 40 percent of the volume dredged with its own equipment or equipment owned by another small dredging concern.]

Responses to this Sources Sought Announcement will be used by the government to make appropriate acquisition decisions. All interested businesses, regardless of size should submit a narrative demonstrating their Specialized Experience in similar type contracts, Past Performance, Key Personnel. Capability statements should include size/classification of your firm, bonding capacity, bonding availability, details of similar projects, and the completion dates, references and contract amount for the similar projects listed.


The following confidential survey questionnaire is designed to apprise the Corps of prospective dredging contractors' project execution capabilities. Please provide your response to the following questions. All questions are in regard to the Maintenance Dredging, Morehead City Inner Harbor, Carteret County, North Carolina.


1) Have you ever worked on dredging jobs similar in nature to this project? If so, please describe the project and for whom the work was performed. Identify a point of contact and phone number, as a reference of relevant experience.

2) What percentage of work (volume of material dredged, transported and ultimately placed) can you perform with your own equipment or equipment owned by another contractor?

3) Have you performed dredging within the waters of adjacent to Surf City, Topsail Island, North Carolina?

4) Would you be bidding on this project as a sole contractor, prime contractor with subcontractor(s) or as a joint venture?

5) Is there a dollar limit on the size of contract that you would bid? If so what is that limit?

6) What is the largest dredging contract, in dollars, on which you were the prime contractor?

7) What is your bonding capacity per contract? What is your total bonding capacity?


8) What type of dredge equipment do you own and / or operate that is suitable for the work described? Please list each piece of equipment capable of performing each type of work described.

9) Identify which dredge(s), including support equipment (tugs, crew boats etc.), you would employ on this project. Also, for each dredge, identify the maximum digging depth.

Narratives shall be no longer than 30 pages. The requested information shall be submitted electronically to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Attn: Rosalind M. Shoemaker and Terri M. Adams
E-mail: and
The email should be titled: Maintenance Dredging, MHC IH, Carteret County, North Carolina.


Do not send hard copies of advertising or promotional materials. Please ensure that all responses are comprehensive and provide a name and point-of-contact for your firm for follow-up by this office or the procuring contracting officer. If you have responded to any previous e-mail messages or had other communications with our office regarding preliminary market research for this project, please be advised that it will be necessary for you to respond to this e-mail and the questions contained therein. Any responses involving teaming agreements should delineate between the work that will be accomplished by the Prime Contractor and work accomplished by the teaming partner

All information is to be provided on a voluntary basis at no charge to the Government. There is no entitlement to payment of direct or indirect costs related to or arising out of responding to this request for information. All information provided becomes property of the Government. There is no guarantee, expressed or implied, that the market research for this acquisition will result in any guarantee of award or acquisition strategy.