The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District is gathering research as part of a plan to replace the agency’s Quad Cities floating crane barge.

The agency is looking to build a new 300’x68’x12’ ABS-classed Maltese Cross A-1 floating crane for river service, to be homeported at the Rock Island (Ill.) District.

The project is expected to take 20 months, including planning, engineering, and construction, and the agency needs a contractor to procure materials, fabricate the barge, install a pedestal-mounted heavy-lift crane (to be furnished by the government), and coordinate and conduct the necessary testing and inspections before delivery to the Le Claire Base in Pleasant Valley, Iowa.

When completed, the new floating crane barge must be capable of lifting a minimum of 375 long tons (840,000 lbs) at a radius of 60’.

The contractor selected must have the ability to obtain bonding in the range of $20 million to $25 million. The contract award will be made no later than Sept. 30.

For more information, view the complete notice.

To submit comments or questions, email contract specialist Justin Chung.