By Mario Icari, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest took part in a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for Defense Fuel Support Point's new fuel pier Feb. 9 in Naval Base Point Loma.
NAVFAC Southwest helped continue to meet the fueling requirements of the Navy, Coast Guard, and Military Sealift Command ships homeported and transiting through San Diego by coordinating requirements and compliance of design and construction within regulatory and stake holder requirements throughout construction of the pier.
Tracy Addis, NAVFAC Southwest Facilities Engineering Acquisition Division (FEAD) Point Loma Project Management & Engineering Branch Head, was recognized during the dedication for the day to day construction oversight which balanced safety, quality, and production to keep this project on budget.
Capt. Michelle Morse, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego commanding officer, expressed her appreciation for the combined partnership effort between NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego, NAVFAC Southwest, Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Naval Base Point Loma (NBPL), and contractors Burns and McDonnell and NOVA-Shimmick.
"It is really amazing what many of you have been a part of accomplishing over the past five years," said Morse. "As we celebrate the completion of our new pier facility and recognize what an achievement this all represents how we merged the sources for funding, design, project management and engineering. Let me just thank all of you who had a hand in its inception, design, build and its future operations, and the partnering that made it possible!"
The work on the pier was accomplished with all required inspections and tests successfully performed and documented without impact to fleet operations. NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego fuels team remained fully operational during construction. The performance of work safety demonstrated phenomenal ownership and accountability across the Navy and Contractor team.
"There is no doubt this new fuel pier will better protect the environment from fuel leaks and spills and is completely compliant with California State Lands Commission, Marine Oil Terminal Engineering Maintenance Standards and federal regulations," said Morse.
The state-of-the-art, double-decker 1,100-foot fuel pier is the first of its kind that accommodates 50-ton capacity mobile cranes and 10-ton forklifts. It will support vessels up to 100,000 deadweight tons with a draft of up to 40 feet, outfitted to supply lubricating oils, and is equipped with 17 fueling stations with a transfer rate of 300,000 gallons per hour at 100 pounds per square inch for JP-5 and DFM.
The seismic compliant pier is designed to withstand a Richter scale 6.5 earthquake, allows for a two-foot increase in ocean levels due to warming trends, and was designed for a lifespan of 75 years.
More than 44 million pounds of concrete, three million pounds of steel rebar, 296 hollow steel piles, 132 polymeric fender piles, 104 concrete fender piles, and 16,000 feet of carbon steel piping were used to construct the pier.
Ribbon cutting party members included NAVFAC Southwest Commanding Officer Capt. Mark Edelson, DLA Energy Americas West Deputy Commander John Phinisey, NBPL Commanding Officer Capt. Brien Dickson, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego Commanding Officer Capt. Michelle Morse and Fuels Officer Lt. Cmdr. Madden, and DFSP Point Loma Fuels Superintendent Steve Frey.