US Navy


Point Loma, San Diego, CA



P-151 Replace Fuel Pier; Point Loma, CA

This project replaced the aging fuel pier located at Naval Base Point Loma with a new stateoftheart fueling pierdeveloped with evolving environmental and seismic standards. The new pier serves as a strategic national fueling resource, supporting 86 homeported ships, submarines, and transient vessels.

This new doubledeck steel pile supported Tshaped fueling pieris accessed from the abutment shore via a pilesupported trestle that includes access to the second level of the pier. With 17 fueling stations, the 1,100foot pier is equipped to issue JP5 jet fuel, diesel fuel marine, and lubricating oils, while also having the capability to offload contaminated petroleum products. The more than 44 million pounds of concrete placed during construction permitted a pier stature that will allow for a twofoot increase in ocean levels, support 100,000 deadweight tons, andaccommodate massive mobile cranes and forklifts while topping vessels off at a transfer rate of about 300,000 gallons per hour. Major features include:

  • Installation of 296 steel pipe piles, 106 concrete fender piles, 132 concrete filled polymeric piles,and 54 concrete guide dock piles
  • A fuel transfer piping system that includes 16,000 linear feet of fuel piping, marine loading arms, and fuel risers to transfer fuel from shiptoshore and shoretoship
  • A fender system and associated mooring hardware
  • Potable water, oily waste, and sanitary sewer systems
  • A storm water collection system that includes transportation to an existing treatment facility
  • Electrical systems, highmast and lower deck lighting systems, and fire suppression system

The project also included dredging, removal and disposal of the existing pier structure, and an incredibly unusual aspect of work that required the temporary relocation and subsequent return of the U.S.NavyMarine MammalProgram, highly trained mammals housed adjacent to the fueling pier facility.


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