GUAM – The U.S. Navy intends to award a contract to Wisconsin-based Fairbanks Morse Engine to supply parts and maintenance for the main diesel engine of dry cargo ship USS Carl Brashear on Guam, skipping normal competition procedure as only one company is qualified for the work, according to a solicitation notice.

“There is only one licensed U.S. vendor for the parts, Fairbanks Morse (FME),” according to solicitation notice number N40442-11-T-7536. “The procurement of other than OEM Certified Components will void the warranties for the main propulsion diesel engines and could result in catastrophic damage to these critical components.”

Engine foundations, lube oil systems, piston, intake and exhaust systems and other parts will be included in the maintenance to be performed on the engine of the 210-meter ship, according to the solicitation notice.

The 140-year-old Beloit, Wisconsin-based Fairbanks Morse Engine, which says it produced the first commercially successful gasoline engine in 1893, makes and maintains diesel engines for ships and stationary power generation, according to its web site at

For more information on the contract notice, see this link. regularly presents Department of Defense and other Federal Government contracting awards and opportunities that require at least some of the work to be performed in Guam. This coverage is a service to the Guam business community and the worldwide federal contractor community to encourage teaming between prime contractors and qualified subcontractors, vendors and suppliers to compete more effectively for projects.


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