controlling the fuel flow. When tank vehicles are filled, have the truck
driver help dispense the fuel.
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 first hand 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
supply records and procedures, supply economy practices, care of tools
and equipment, and status of authorized stock levels of equipment and
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 DESC 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