Request for Proposal


Friends of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum

Berth 84, Foot of 6th Street

San Pedro, California 90731



The Friends of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, the 501 (c) (3) organization operating in support of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, seeks proposals to create an interpretive master plan for the Museum’s 1944 harbor tugboat, Angels Gate.  The project is funded through a grant from the United States Park Service’s Maritime Heritage Grant program, and is expected to take approximately ten months to complete. The budget for the project, all inclusive, is $40,000.


The Los Angeles Maritime Museum is a facility of the City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks. Founded in 1980 in the formal municipal ferry terminal, the Museum is open year-round, 6-days a week, and offers exhibits and programs focusing on the history of the Port of Los Angeles.  There are 6 full time and 6 part-time staff, along with 50 active volunteers.  The Museum receives financial support from the Friends of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, a 501 (c) (3) organization responsible for grant writing, a membership program, social media, and operation of the gift shop.

The Museum/Recreation and Parks are the owners of the 1944 harbor tugboat, Angels Gate (ex ST-695, ex LA.H.D. #10).  The tugboat was built for the United States Army in preparation for the invasion of Normandy, but served the Army stateside and was purchased by the City of Los Angeles (Harbor Department) after the war. The tug served as a utilitarian towing vessel and goodwill tour boat until her “retirement” and transfer to the Museum in 1992.   Currently, the tug operates with a licensed captain and volunteer crew, and is US Coast Guard inspected.  Due to the tug’s size and configuration, and the fact that the crew is entirely composed of volunteers, the tug operates on an extremely limited sailing schedule.  The vast majority of Museum visitors have never boarded or sailed on the tugboat. The creation of a master interpretive plan will allow the Museum to prepare to offer programs in which the vessel can be the setting for educational tours while at the dock.

Scope of Work – Consultants will develop an interpretive master that will provide Museum visitors with physical and intellectual access to the tugboat Angels Gate during the hours she is tied up at the dock.  The project team will consist of the consultants, Museum staff and tugboat volunteers.

Specific Tasks

  • Consultants will make initial site visit to meet with Museum staff and tugboat volunteers and familiarize themselves with Angels Gate and its layout.
  • Consultants will observe current Museum programs and will examine the tugboat archives and historic photographs in order to access the scope of potential interpretive themes.
  • After processing the site visit information, consultants will hold a half-day interpretive planning session in preparation for writing the interpretive summary. The summary will be guided by the State of California academic standards and will include suggested alternate experiences for visitors with disabilities.
  • Consultants will produce draft narrative and preliminary sketches. The narrative will include visitor experiences and an additional meeting with the project team if necessary.
  • After approximately eight months, the draft interpretive master plan will be ready for review.
  • There will be refinement period of approximately 1-2 months
  • Consultants will present final version of plan.

The Plan will address but not be limited to the following topics:

What are the primary interpretive goals and objectives?

Who is the potential audience?

How can a tugboat experience help attract new audiences?

What are unique stories the tug can tell, and how can these specific stories help create a broader appreciation of American maritime history?

What are the appropriate staffing, volunteer, and budget needs for interpreting the tugboat?

How can the Museum evaluate the effectiveness of an interpretive tugboat program?           


The budget including labor, travel, supplies, and lodging/per diem is $40,000

Review Process:

All proposals will be reviewed by a committee including Museum staff, board members, and tugboat volunteers.  Though the consultants will be contracted by the Friends of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, they must meet the standard contract provisions and insurance requirements set forth by the City of Los Angeles and the United States Park Service.


Proposals should include the following:

  • A proposed work plan, including scheduling of tasks to accomplish the scope of work described in this RFP.
  • Itemized costs for each task, including estimated labor hours. Note: The maximum daily rate of compensation cannot exceed that in the Federal Civil Service equal to 120% of a GS-15, Step 10 salary. Salary information is available at
  • Estimates for travel costs, based on the General Services Administration per diem and hotel rates as reflected at

Evaluation Process:

Proposals will be evaluated by representatives from the Museum Staff (City of Los Angeles, Department of Recreation and Parks), Friends of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum Board of Directors, and crew of the Angels Gate. The consultant will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated ability of professional personnel
  • Past performance in the field of interpretive master planning
  • Ability to meet time and budget requirements
  • Familiarity with Los Angeles history and / or American maritime history
  • Understanding of project and current issues
  • Demonstrated ability to engage stakeholders and cultivate new audiences

Submission Details: 

Send submissions or questions via e-mail to Marifrances Trivelli, Director, Los Angeles Maritime Museum at or via U.S. mail to her attention at Los Angeles Maritime Museum, Berth 84, San Pedro CA 90731.  The deadline for receipt of submissions is 11:59 pm, Pacific Standard Time, Monday, January 22, 2018.  Offers received after January 22, 2018 will be deemed non-responsive. It is anticipated that the selected consultants will begin work no later than April 2, 2018.