PART A. INTRODUCTION
A slate is a request for a quantity of fuel, by product type, to be
delivered by a specified means (MSC-tanker, commercial tanker), at a
specified period. A slate also projects future requirements. From the
slate, a Weekly Arrival Schedule (WAS) is developed to meet the
requirements. This schedule projects what tankers will arrive at what ocean
terminal on what date. A slate projects requirements for four months
(current plus three months). The first and second month requirements must be
firm, subject to minimal change, since shipping arrangements are made 30 to
60 days in advance:
The requirements for later months are future projections and these
requirements become refined/perfected as their time period gets
closer. Therefore the slate establishes requirements for products and
The early months are accurate requirements and the later months are a
"heads up" notice.
Efficient Tanker Distribution - As mentioned earlier, the early months
of the slate are accurate requirements. Shipping arrangements are
made 30 to 60 days in advance of the delivery date, thereby dedicating
vessels to meet the requirements. The later months are used to
schedule tankers the 30 to 60 days in advance for the requirement.
PART B. TYPES OF SLATES
Use - CONUS slates are used to schedule the movement of bulk products to
ocean terminals within CONUS.
Four Month Requirement - The CONUS slate establishes requirements for the
current plus three (3) subsequent months.
DESC Fuel Regions - There are five (5) fuel regions in CONUS. They are:
DFR's Northeast, Southwest, Central Southwest, and West (Alaska and Hawaii
are considered overseas DFR's).
Tanker Movements of Product to CONUS Terminals - DESC consolidates
requirements from all CONUS DFR's. Tanker movements to all water terminals
are developed from these slates.
Format - CONUS slates have no universal format. The slates are prepared IAW
established fuel region operating procedures.
Use - Overseas slates are used to schedule the movement of bulk petroleum
products to ocean terminals outside of CONUS.
Five Month Requirement - The overseas slate establishes requirements for the
current plus four (4) subsequent months.
JPO - The JPO is normally located at the theater J-4 office. The JPO
consolidates requirements from each of the theater services. The
requirements of the terminals are used to prepare the slate.
Receive at DESC - the slate must be received at DESC NLT the tenth (10th)
calendar day of each month. In order for this to be accomplished, JPO's
transmit the slate via AUTODIN. AUTODIN is Automatic Data Information