Gov’t seeking caterers for Immigration Detention Centre @ Castle Maria
Individuals detained at the Government’s Immigration Detention Centre located at Hotel Castle Maria in McNamara, Tortola can expect on-time means when new caterers take over the supply of food for persons being held at the facility.
Persons looking to supply food must be trained and competent in Catering Services and should have the capacity to provide meal services at the temporary Immigration Detention Centre housed at Hotel Castle Maria.
“The proposed scope of service is to ensure compliance in ensuring all meals are prepared and delivered within the time stipulated for meals of persons held in the detention centre by the Immigration Department,” information from the Government Information Services (GIS) detailed.
It remains unclear how many meals are provided at the centre; however, the scope could cover breakfast, lunch and dinner for those detained ahead of deportation.
Eligible tenderers are required to have a valid Trade 2023 Licence and submit Certificates of Good Standing in respect of the Social Security and taxes, including Payroll and Income Tax, from VI Social Security Board, National Health Insurance and Inland Revenue.
Bid documents will be available Monday, February 27, 2023 on weekdays between 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Bidding documents will be sent to bidders electronically upon request to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title “Catering Service to Provide Meal Services at the Temporary Immigration Detention Centre Housed at Hotel Castle Maria”.
The release noted that a virtual pre-tender meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at 10:00 AM and that access will be provided prior to the meeting where all prospective tenderers are invited to attend.
Over the years, there have been several incidents where detainees have reportedly escaped the centre while being housed at Hotel Castle Maria for various reasons.