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FISC Pearl Harbor Improves Fuel Operations, Maintains Readiness

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Story Number: NNS091024-05
Release Date: 10/24/2009 5:22:00 PM

By Lt. Curt Butler, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Pearl Harbor celebrated the completion of a comprehensive fuel supply and storage system project Oct. 7 that will enhance efficiency and accountability within FISC Pearl Harbor's expansive fuel terminal operation.

The project, a joint effort with Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) and local area contractors, resulted in an interface tank, a 210,000-gallon capacity tank located in the FISC fuel storage area and controlled and monitored remotely from an off-site command center. The tank incorporates a control scheme known as Automated Fuel Handling Equipment (AFHE), in which the operation is fully automated to include gauging, pressure control, and valve manipulation. If done manually, these processes would cost valuable man-hours each week that could be otherwise allocated.

The control scheme also incorporates several redundant safety features such as state-of-the-art controllable cameras, independent alarm systems, automatic overfill protection, and emergency containment.

When asked about the conception of the project, the FISC Pearl Harbor Fuels Director, Lt. Cmdr. Scott Hedrick, said.

"After soliciting feedback from our junior civil servants, a key suggestion resulted in the installation of the proper automation that not only made the job easier but more efficient."

In addition to improved efficiency at the interface tank, FISC Pearl Harbor will be able to better regulate the various fuel types coming from commercial sources in the local economy. Through the use of the interface tank as an intermediate stopping point between commercial vendors and the main fuel storage tanks, the Navy's options for procurement are increased.

In the past, FISC Pearl Harbor was limited to certain vendors for certain types of fuel, some being generated at local refineries and some arriving via commercial tanker. Fuel lines between commercial refineries and the FISC fuel storage area can now be purged of one type of fuel before a different product is sent through the same line; as a result, the quality of the product is not degraded through the mixture of two fuel types.

The interface tank promises to reduce the number of tanker visits per year and increase the availability of additional petroleum products.

This significant improvement to the fuel procurement process is one more step in the FISC's continuing effort to maintain readiness and cut unnecessary costs.

In Navy Region Hawaii, FISC Pearl Harbor is the primary provider of the Air Force's jet fuel needs.

Streamlining of the fuel procurement process will no doubt pay dividends as the supply center continues to shoulder the Pacific's ever-increasing logistical needs.

FISC Pearl Harbor will play an integral role in the October 2010 merger of the Pearl Harbor Naval Station and the adjacent Hickam Air Force Base to form Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

FISC Pearl Harbor's mission is to provide quality and timely logistics and support services to Navy, Marine Corps, joint and allied forces throughout the Pacific Rim. FISC Pearl Harbor, one of seven supply centers under Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers (COMFISCS), provides supply chain management, procurement, contracting and transportation services, technical and customer support, defense fuel products, and worldwide movement of personal property.

COMFISCS comprises more than 6,400 military and civilian logistics professionals operating as a single cohesive team providing global logistics services from more than 200 locations worldwide. A component of the Naval Supply Systems Command, headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pa., COMFISCS is part of a worldwide logistics network of more than 25,000 military and civilian personnel providing combat capability through logistics.

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