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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the opening of a newly constructed fuel pier at Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo’s (CFAS) Yokose Fuel Terminal Sept. 22, 2022. The ceremony marked the completion of a 3.5-year construction project, significantly enhancing CFAS’ ability to provide logistics support to U.S. Navy ships operating in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Defense Fuel Supply Point (DFSP) pier at the Yokose Fuel Terminal has been in operation since 1971. The recent reconstruction of the pier was completed to accommodate larger ships that were previously unable to reach the pier due to their deep drafts.

“This new pier allows CFAS to accommodate larger fuel tankers pier side that could previously only be accommodate at anchorages,” said Cmdr. Michael Rigoni, Sasebo Site Director at Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLCY) Yokosuka. “Also, during this construction project, the DFSP at Yokose was not able to issue or receive fuel at all. With the completion of this project, the millions of gallons of marine and aviation fuel stored at this facility will now be available to support U.S. military operations.”

The $33.8 million project was carried out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sasebo Resident Office of the Japan Engineer District, contractors from the TOA Corporation and support from Defense Logistics Agency Energy and NAVSUP FLC Yokosuka. A total of 578 personnel worked together to complete the project which took over 269,000 man-hours.

“The new fuel pier and berthing dolphins will be able to support Fast Combat Support Ship (AOE) vessels, T-5 tankers, and State-class vessels and the new marine loading arms can handle a flow rate of 4000 barrels of fuel per hour,” said Garret Sharpe, Resident Engineer at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sasebo Resident Office. “We also added a new fender system to absorb berthing energy of the largest design vessel, upgraded the mooring system to include additional 100-ton bollards that will accommodate a range of vessels, a continuous concrete fascia along the seaward face of the wharf extension to prevent any fuel spills from spreading under the wharf.”

The construction project also included the following replacements/additions:

• replacement of the four Marine Loading Arms (MLAs)

• replacement controls and fuel pipe manifold

• replacement of the dock shed for personnel to monitor fueling operations

• replacement of the fuel stripping pump system

• provided new lighting

• extended potable water, communication, and electrical utilities

• provided fire protection for the warf and small boat dock

The enhanced capabilities of the newly constructed pier and the resumption of fueling operations at the Yokose Fuel Terminal increases CFAS’ importance to forward-deployed U.S. naval forces and to U.S. and partner nation operations conducted in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

“I’m excited to see this major fuels facility come back on line and for our FLCY Site Sasebo fuels personnel to resume providing fuel to the fleet from Yokose,” said Rigoni.

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/CFASasebo, https://www.poj.usace.army.mil, and https://www.dla.mil/Energy/



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