Fuel Pier Replacement

Client: Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, for NAVSUP FLC
Completion Date: Design, 2013; Construction, 2018
Location: San Diego, California


This new fueling pier — the first double deck fueling pier — at Naval Base Point Loma for the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) in San Diego replaces the existing aging and seismically deficient fueling pier. The fuel pier will be a valuable asset to the U.S. Navy in the eastern Pacific. More than 42 million gallons of fuel is stored at Point Loma and more than 11 million gallons of fuel is issued and received every month. The facility's customers include the U.S. Navy, Homeland Security (Coast Guard), and other federal agencies and approved foreign ships operating on the West Coast. 

The design includes one deep-water berth on the outboard side, capable of simultaneously servicing one oiler/tanker and multiple smaller vessels inboard and outboard of the pier. The pier was designed to service all ships in the fleet and be Marine Oil Terminal Engineering Maintenance Standards (MOTEMS)-compliant with phased construction, maintaining fueling capability throughout construction. 

This is a double-deck pier with containment of the piping below deck, providing protection from impact damage, spillage and corrosion. The pier deck is designed for a 50-ton mobile crane and 10-ton forklifts, which can handle the loading of dry stores. Placement of the pier will minimize dredging, as the site selection is in a deeper, previously dredged location with the area already meeting the needed additional ship draft requirement. 

The project dealt with environmentally sensitive conditions adjacent to the pier and relocated marine mammal training facilities during the construction of the pier.


  • Condition assessment
  • On-site analysis
  • Studies and reports
  • Planning
  • Master planning with project phasing
  • Programming
  • Environmental permitting development
  • Concept and final design of POL infrastructure
  • Site utilities
  • Lighting
  • Cathodic protection
  • Fire protection
  • Painting and coating systems
  • Asbestos and lead removals
  • Demolition
  • Real property inventories
  • SUCCESS cost estimates
  • Commissioning
  • Full post-construction award services (PCAS) including submittal reviews, construction inspection, operations and maintenance support information (OMSI), engineering consultations


  • New 600-foot by 50-foot T-shaped double-deck pier with two 30-foot square mooring dophins at each end, extending the berthing length to 1,100 feet
  • Coated and cathodically protected steel piles, precast concrete piles, concrete pile caps, precast/prestressed and cast-in-place composite concrete deck slabs with decks designed for a 50-ton mobile crane and 10-ton forklifts
  • Multiproduct fuel pier
  • Stormwater collection, containment and treatment system tying in to existing utilities, pipelines and stormwater drainage system
  • New power distribution, standby generators and area lighting
  • Fire protection system
  • LEED self-assessment with sustainable design practices including sustainable siting, energy conservation, air quality preservation, material avoidance, waste recycling and construction waste recovery

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