a. Ocean Terminal -- a terminal capable of discharging and loading cargo (for example, ocean/coastal
b. Slate - monthly reports of planned requirements for tanker delivery. Submitted monthly by electronic
transmission by the JPOs, DEO, or DERs to DESC.
c. Slate Items -- high usage petroleum products slated through JPO channels for use in overseas areas.
The most common slated items are under FSC 9130 (gasoline), and 9140 (diesel and kerosene). An optional FSC
would be 9150 (packaged petroleum products) or additives (6850) such as FSII or Static Inhibitor.
Purpose of the Slate.
a. Resupply Ocean Terminals -- 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.
(1) A slate projects future requirements.
(2) From the slate, a WAS is developed. This schedule projects what tankers will arrive at what
ocean terminal on what date.
b. Establish Requirements. A slate projects requirements four or five months out. The first and second
month requirements must be firm, subject to minimal change, since shipping arrangements are made 30 to 60 days
(1) The requirements for later months are future projections and these requirements become
refined/perfected as their time period gets closer. Therefore, the slate sets up requirements for products and
(2) The early months are accurate requirements and the later months are a "heads up" notice.
Efficient Tanker Distribution.
a. 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.
b. The later months are used to schedule tankers 30 to 60 days in advance for the requirement.
a. Use CONUS slates are used to schedule the movement of bulk products to ocean terminals within
b. Four-Month Requirement.
The CONUS slate sets up requirements for the current plus three
c. Tanker Movements of Product to CONUS Terminals DESC consolidates requirements from all
CONUS DERs. Tanker movements to all water terminals are developed from these slates.