containers and filling the drums to the proper level. If you have a forklift, use it to move the filled drums to
the storage area.
The 5-Gallon Can Filling Operations. There are two methods of filling 5-gallon cans. You can use
the fuel- and oil-servicing nozzles at the FSSP or the 50-GPM pumping assembly with the hose and fitting
kit. The number of workers you need to fill the cans varies with the method you use. When the cans are
filled directly from the FSSP, the operation is essentially the same as for the 55-gallon drum. When the cans
are filled using the 50-GPM pumping assembly with the hose and fitting kit, you need seven workers.
Because this method is usually conducted near the bulk reduction storage area, you need only one worker to
bring empty cans and one to remove the filled ones. Also, have one worker operate the 50-GPM pumping
assembly and control the flow of petroleum. Place one worker at each of the four dispensing nozzles of the
hose and fitting kit. Have them bond the nozzles to the cans and fill them to their proper level.
Receipt. Before a product arrives, you should be notified of the type and amount of product and the
approximate date and time it will arrive. This will give you time to prepare a delivery schedule to avoid
delays and interruptions at a Class III supply point.
Storage. At the tactical Class III supply point, you should always store bulk petroleum in collapsible tanks.
If you are in a supply section of a petroleum supply company, you can store up to 420,000 gallons of bulk
petroleum (120,000 gallons in the FSSP and 300,000 gallons in the six 50,000 gallon collapsible tanks.) But
storage is much more than putting product in a tank. It involves such things as inspections, product
circulation, tank repair, and even the disposal of excess product. The storage of bulk petroleum can be as
dangerous as its receipt and issue, so always follow applicable procedures.
Inspection. Inspections are the key to finding out how well your Class III supply point is performing. They
give you firsthand information on how the equipment and products are maintained from day to day.
Inspections let you make on-the-spot corrections. They also give you information on the availability of
required publications, accuracy of supply records and procedures, supply economy practices, care of tools
and equipment, and status of authorized stock levels of equipment and repair parts.
Product Consolidation and Circulation. When you consolidate or circulate product, you simply
move it from one storage tank in the supply point to another. You should consolidate your stock so that
several storage tanks are filled with product and several are empty. This way you can be ready to receive
and issue large quantities of bulk petroleum on short notice. You also cut down on the number of tank
switches you have to make during receipt and issue. Circulate the stock in your supply point so that the
heavier portions of the product do not settle to the bottom of the tank and the light ends do not come to the
top. Also, circulation ensures a good mixture of all the additives in the fuel.
Disposal of Excess. If you are in CONUS or an overseas activity and you have an excess in bulk or
packaged fuels of 500 gallons or more per product grade, report the excess by sending a message to the
Commander, USAPC. Include in your message the quantity, type of product, NSN, and the latest laboratory
test results. If you are in an overseas command, also report the excess to the appropriate DFSC field office
or the JPO.
Issue Considerations. Issuing bulk petroleum is perhaps the most important responsibility you have at
the Class III supply point. The reason you are in the field is to get large quantities of petroleum to the units
you support. In the theater of operations, you issue liquid petroleum in bulk as far forward as the tactical
situation permits. Usually the units you support pick up the bulk petroleum from the supply point in their own
vehicles. When you use the FSSP, make your bulk issues from the bottom loading points. Before issuing
bulk petroleum from your Class III supply point, preferably before any transporters arrive, you must prepare
an issue schedule. Start by telling your customer how much and what type of product you have on hand and
when he can pick it up. If your transporters are delivering the product, tell the customer when it will arrive at
his supply point. Try to avoid delays and interruptions when you are scheduling issues; that is, do not
schedule more transporters to arrive at your supply point than you can handle at one time. Also, ensure that
you have enough product on hand to fill all scheduled issues.