Supply Corps officers from NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville had the unique opportunity to visit one of the nation’s leading transportation suppliers recently.
Thirty-one Supply Corps officers were hosted by several technical experts and professionals who explained how their principal operating company, CSX Transportation Inc., provides an important link for the transportation supply chain throughout the United States and Canada.
In addition to its railways, CSX also offers a variety of container-shipping, intermodal trucking, and contract logistics services.
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Supply Corps officers from NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Jacksonville shared briefings with counterparts at CSX Transportation Inc. (Photo by NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville)
The presenters elaborated on the numerous ways their services are used to support the military. For example, different military branches have to ship large equipment such as tanks or airplanes. In order to find the most efficient and suitable route for these shipments, CSX inputs the dimensions of the product into a computer software program that then maps the best route and speeds to use based on tunnel tolerances. Previously, these measurements had to be manually calculated, but now the program creates such precise calculations that some of the larger military products clear tunnels with only a few inches on each side to spare.
By using the railways, CSX is able to move a broad portfolio of products with minimal impact to the environment. A few of the ways the trains accomplish that objective are through reducing the amount of large shipping trucks on congested highways, routing hazardous materials through less populated areas, and obtaining about 350 miles per gallon of gas.
“This event was a great opportunity for our local Supply Corps officers to see civilian logistics operations outside of their normal scope,” stated Capt. Duke Heinz, NAVSUP FLC Jacksonville commanding officer.
“We are grateful for the willingness of CSX to host our personnel and share their experiences of how technological advances have impacted their operations.”
By Lt. Daniel Sepulveda-Prieto, SC, USN; Material Officer, NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville