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These are dedicated piers and wharves equipped with facilities for off-loading fuel from ship to
storage and for fueling ships from storage. For additional design criteria, see UFC 4-150-02.
standards are discussed in NAVSEA OP 5, Volume 1.
Supply piers and wharves are used primarily for the transfer of cargo between ships and shore
facilities. Provide standard gage railroad tracks when supplies will be brought in by rail.
Type II General Purpose.
These are general-purpose piers and wharves used primarily for mooring ships. Furthermore,
berthing facilities may be active, as when ships are berthed for relatively short times and are
ready to put to sea on short notice, and inactive, as when they are berthed for long periods in a
reserve status. Activities that typically take place on berthing piers and wharves are personnel
transfer, maintenance, crew training, cargo transfer, light repair work, and waste handling.
Under some circumstances, fueling and weapons system testing may also be carried out in
Type III Repair.
An important consideration for repair piers is the need to provide heavy weather mooring
capability. This includes properly sized and spaced storm bollards and a compliment of heavy
weather mooring lines. This consideration is predicated upon the fact that ships under repair
may not be able to get underway during a heavy weather event.
Repair piers and wharves are constructed and equipped to permit overhaul of ships and
portions of a hull above the waterline. These structures are generally equipped with portal
cranes or designed to accommodate heavy mobile cranes.
Fitting-Out or Refit.
Piers and wharves for fitting-out are very similar to those used for repair purposes, providing
approximately the same facilities. However, fitting-out piers and wharves will have, in addition
to light and heavy portal cranes, large fixed tower cranes for handling guns, turrets, engines,
and heavy armor.