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Expectations for Maritime Fleets
We received an inquiry about the National Park Service's expectation for the maritime fleets managed by our concessioners. This inquiry was unrelated to a specific pending solicitation; however, because the National Park Service has pending and future solicitations for concession contracts requiring such fleets, we are sharing the response we provided. We stated:
The National Park Service develops requirements based on several factors at individual locations, rather than a national standard, always guided by the policy of the National Park Service Concessions Management Improvement Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-391) to conserve and preserve park resources and provide high quality necessary and appropriate visitor services. Offerors have presented a variety of innovative technologies to achieve these policy goals for past solicitations for ferry and other services to achieve these policy goals. It would be inappropriate for us to discuss with any one potential offeror, the particulars of an upcoming solicitation. For the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island passenger ferry services, the National Park Service will conduct further planning and analysis of the ferry operations and intends to release a new solicitation in 2022.
Concessioners fill a vital role with helping the National Park Service (NPS) carry out its mission. Private companies work with the NPS to offer services to park visitors that parks do not provide directly. By welcoming the private sector as a partner in park operations, the NPS broadens the economic base of the region and the communities surrounding parks. With other NPS divisions, the Commercial Services Program administers nearly 500 concession contracts that, in total, gross over $1 billion annually. NPS concessioners employ more than 25,000 people in a variety of jobs during peak seasons, providing services ranging from food and lodging, to whitewater rafting adventures and motor coach tours. Visit the Commercial Services Program's news feed to get the latest news.
Here is information to get you started if you want to be a NPS concessioner and tools to help the authorized concessioner: