August 15, 2018 – Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) made history as the first MSC ship to receive fuel at the PAR commercial fuel pier yesterday. The operation was the third phase of U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Oahu Fuel Resiliency program.
Kaiser received 142 thousand gallons JP5 aviation fuel at the fuel pier by pipeline from PAR Kapolei Refinery as a proof of concept. While MSC ships routinely receive fuel through military fuel facilities, being able to utilize commercial fuel piers expands the ability to obtain fuels needed to support Navy customers.
Oahu Fuel Resiliency program directs the Navy to explore alternatives to commercial fuel piers; most notably foreign fuel facilities. Fueling at the PAR fuel pier is the third part of the intuitive that also includes the PAR Single Point Moor (SPM) fuel buoy and fuel consolidation (CONSOL) operations with MSC’s fleet replenishment oilers and dry cargo/ammunition ships and tanker ships. Since 2015, MSC’s ships world-wide have exercised CONSOLs between tanker ships and fleet replenishment oilers. This past April, MSC charter ship MT Empire State conducted mooring operations at the SPM terminal off the coast of Barbers Point, Hawaii.
Capabilities such as receiving fuel from commercial fuel piers ensures MSC is utilizing all resources available to provide continued to support Navy missions anytime and anywhere.