Storage containers to hold Defense Logistics Agency Energy-procured fuel for the US government’s effort to combat Ebola in West Africa arrived in Buchanan, Liberia, in late October.
The MV Vega delivered 30 International Standards Organization containers from Rotterdam, Netherlands, that will allow fuel to be stored for Operation United Assistance to the port there. The containers will extend on-hand supplies of fuel at treatment facilities.
‘The tanks are intended to be used at the Ebola treatment units (ETUs) in order to extend the amount of supply each site has on hand so that the site requires less frequent pushes,’ says Army Col. Lee English, DLA Energy Europe & Africa commander.
Fuel and storage tanks were prepared for shipment before receiving formal requirements, says Bill Brennan, DLA Energy Europe & Africa deputy director.
‘We were concerned there was not enough fuel storage for the Ebola treatment units that are scattered across Liberia,’ he adds.
The tanks may be used at locations besides ETUs.
‘If not used at Ebola treatment units, the tanks can be used to provide bulk storage at other U.S. forces operational sites in order to minimise pushes,’ English says.
The containers were shipped empty to ensure they would make it to their destination.
‘We were concerned about the weight of shipping tanks with fuel in them,’ English says. ‘Since the tanks are arriving in the rainy season, we were concerned that trucks carrying them might get mired in the mud, and we were also concerned that material handling equipment at the ports would struggle to lift the tanks if they were full.’
The tanks can hold 6,500 gallons of fuel, allowing sufficient days of supply for most sites before they require another fuel delivery, according to Chuck Berry, DLA Energy Europe & Africa quality assurance representative.
‘Each container was thoroughly tested and certified prior to a final inspection,’ Berry says.
The fuel storage will support the planned 24 already-existing ETUs and the 17 being built in Liberia. Their specific locations will be based on mission requirements.
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