Virginia supply operation wins fuel management award
11 Apr 2017 10:11 GMT
|Craney Island Fuel Terminal supplied more than 180 Navy and Coast Guard ships in 2016.|
| The largest US Navy Defense Fuel Support Point (DFSP) in the United States, the Craney Island Fuel Terminal in Virginia, has been announced as the winner of the Navy Bulk Fuel Terminal category in the 2016 Naval Fuel Management Recognition Program.|
According to Kevin Henderson, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Norfolk Fuel Department Director, the award was the result of the teamwork of his team of 12 employees and 75 contractors, along with Defense Logistics Agency, NAVSUP Energy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and other government agencies.
"The fuel supply chain, more than any community in the Department of Defense, is a team sport and collectively we have the best team in the Navy," said Henderson.
He added that DFSP Craney Island handled more than 600 million gallons of fuel and petroleum products in 2016, with no delays or violations. They served 99 tankers and oilers, and more than 180 Navy and Coast Guard ships.
According to Henderson, the biggest challenge in an operation this large is maintenance, both preventive and corrective, for the equipment involved, such as piers, tanks, valves, pumps, and what he called the "literally thousands of other pieces of equipment."
Henderson attributes Craney Island's success to a disciplined team that follows the standard process, but is flexible enough to adapt in a very dynamic environment.
"It is all about making the operation better tomorrow than it is today," he said.
The award grades fuel operations in several categories including; administration, inventory control, environmental management and safety.
The Craney Island Fuel Terminal is the US Navy's largest fuel facility in the United States. The base supports naval fuel storage operations within the region and includes several large-capacity fuel storage tanks, piping, fuel pump stations, dispensing systems, and pier-side fuel facilities.
NAVSUP FLC Norfolk, one of eight fleet logistics centers under NAVSUP Glonal Logistics Support (GLS), provides operational logistics, business and support services to fleet, shore and industrial commands with 37 separate locations in three Navy regions.
Image: Aerial view of the Craney Island Fuel Terminal in Virginia.