Navantia Sepi (RTR Ventures), STX Offshore & Shipbuilding, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and Hyundai Heavy Industries have qualified for the next stage of the bidding for the Philippine Navy's two frigates acquisition programme.
The ships, worth PHP18bn ($408m), will be deployed to boost the Philippines' security presence in the West Philippine Sea and conduct humanitarian missions, according to philstar.com.
The New Zealand Department of National Defense's bids and awards committee said deficiencies have been identified in documents of three out of the seven bidders submitted.
The committee said that Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, STX France and Thyssenkrupp Marine System have an option to file a motion for reconsideration to qualify for project bid.
Defence officials said the government has started the modernisation programme for the Philippine Navy, which is said to be one of the ill-equipped units in the region.
Seven firms, including Piriou Naval Services, Damen Shipyards, Fincantieri, DCNS France, Magazon Dock Pipavav Defense, Stone of David and Rouvia Yachts/Rouvia Defense, have bought bid documents but not submit offers.
Scheduled to be held later this month, the second stage of the bidding will involve the opening of financial proposals and technical documents.
In addition to determining the bidders' offers within the approved budget, the second phase will ensure goods are in line with the specifications provided in the bid documents.
Two-stage competitive bidding is being implemented by the government due to the technical and detailed nature of the project.
The winning bidder must develop and deliver the two ships for the Philippine Navy within four years from the opening of a letter of credit.