BY TOM KREIDEL
OFFICE OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
NAVSUP FLEET LOGISTICS CENTER NORFOLK
Defense Fuel Support Point (DFSP) Craney Island was announced as the winner of the Navy Bulk Fuel Terminal category in the 2016 Naval Fuel Management Recognition Program April 6.
According to NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Norfolk Fuel Department Director Kevin Henderson, this award was the result of the teamwork of his 12 employees and 75 contractors, along with Defense Logistics Agency, NAVSUP Energy, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and other government agencies.
“The fuel supply chain, more than any community in the Department of Defense, is a team sport, and collectively we have the best team in the Navy,” said Henderson.
He added, DFSP Craney Island handled more than 600 million gallons of fuel and petroleum products in 2016, with no delays or violations. They served 99 tankers and oilers, and more than 180 Navy and Coast Guard ships and nearly 2,400 truck deliveries.
According to Henderson, the biggest challenge in an operation this large is maintenance, both preventive and corrective, for the equipment involved, such as piers, tanks, valves, pumps, vehicles and what he called the “literally thousands of other pieces of equipment.”
Henderson attributes Craney Island’s success to a disciplined team that follows the standard process, but is flexible enough to adapt in a very dynamic environment.
“There are no egos in this group,” he added. “It is all about making the operation better tomorrow than it is today.”
He added, the award grades fuel operations in several categories including: administration, inventory control, environmental management and safety.