MARIGOT: “Koole Contractors” has again won the public contract to remove shipwrecks on the French side. It was also the company that carried out the same work on the Dutch side.
In July 2019, the community had retained “Koole Contractors” for the removal of shipwrecks in the French part following a public tender notice.
“Koole Contractors” is a company based in the Netherlands and specializes in aquatic works. It had already been selected by the COM in 2017 to remove the wreck El Maud in the Bay of Potence in Marigot
In 2019, “Koole Contractors” had quantified the “service of removal and transport in channel subject to declaration of end-of-life boats” in St. Martin to 2.35 million euros. It won the contract ahead of SNR (5.87 million euros), SMR TC’Express (4.15 million euros) and Avenir Déconstruction (3.62 million euros).
The contract between “Koole Contractors” and the COM had been denounced by one of the candidate companies as well as by the control of legality of the prefecture. Irregularities having been noted by the services of the prefecture, COM had been forced to cancel the contract.
Then COM entered this (long) period of restructuring of its public order department and the contract was delayed to be re-published. It was published on May 30, 2021 and companies had until July 5 to respond, the document stated that the value of the contract was estimated at 5.5 million euros.
Meeting on September 16, the tender commission of the COM has again chosen “Koole Contractors” and submitted its choice to the Executive Council, which ratified this choice. Between 2019 and 2021, “Koole Contractors” has increased the amount of the service, it is now 5.11 million euros excluding tax. The official journal of the COM does not specify the other offers.