BY SHANNON HANEY OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER SIGONELLA
Since implementing a new surface cargo route, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Sigonella Site Rota cut cargo transit time and costs in half by mid-Oct. 2015.
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During Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Sigonella’s regional transportation training, Transportation Specialist Roberto Corredero (left) and Severino Cavallaro (right)
discuss water freight shipping procedures onboard Naval Air Station Sigonella. U.S. Navy –photo by Shannon Haney
In July 2015, NAVSUP FLC Sigonella Site Rota established a new direct route for cargo from Norfolk, Virginia to Algeciras, Spain. Prior to the availability of the new route, surface cargo from Norfolk was shipped through Ocean Terminal Rotterdam Amsterdam. This route required additional processing for the cargo at the Defense Logistics Agency’s Theater Consolidation and Shipping Point at Defense Distribution Depot Europe in Germersheim, Germany before delivery to Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota Spain for distribution.
The implementation of this change reduced the total transit time from an average of 60 days to 30 days and is expected to save more than $192,000 annually by eliminating commercial truck services previously required to transport the cargo from Germany to Spain.
The new process is already positively impacting fleet readiness and operations in the 6th Fleet area of responsibility. Forward-Deployed Naval Force (FDNF) units homeported at NAVSTA Rota are noticing a significant decline in customer wait time for their surface cargo.
In the 90 days since implementation in July, the new process is already having a positive impact. Department of Defense (DoD) installations in the Iberian Peninsula are saving money on transportation costs and receiving their cargo much faster.
Ocean terminals at NAVSUP FLC Sigonella Sites Rota and Naples are responsible for the port clearing and onward movement of ocean booked cargo for Spain and Southern Italy. Transportation specialists within NAVSUP FLC Sigonella ocean terminals track and trace ocean vessels for DoD booked cargo, validate manifests, and coordinate with port authorities and NAVSUP FLC Sigonella customs clearance officers on the preparation of all necessary documentation for customs clearance and onward movement of DoD traffic.