Fuel Pier Replacement

Owner: US Navy
Location: Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Professional Services: Electrical, Instrumentation/Controls, Mechanical
Markets: Military, Federal Government

Bath Engineering was responsible for the electrical, mechanical, piping and instrumentation design for the replacement of Pier C at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The original pier, which was built in 1929, was replaced by a new pier to accommodate the offloading of Diesel Fuel (DFM), Aviation Fuel (JP5) and Gasoline (MOGAS). The fuel is pumped to a series of steel tanks on the side of a hill called Heavenly Valley (because when the residences have plenty of fuel in this remote location everything is heavenly.) Pier C is the main source of fuel for all US operations in the Caribbean and Central America. The Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, DEA, CIA, FBI and other agencies get their fuel from this site.

The scope of work included demolition of the existing pier and replacement with a new single-deck fuel pier with concrete piles and an independent mooring system. This was a military design/bid/build project.

Electrical designs included power distribution, instrumentation and controls, pier and causeway LED lighting and passive cathodic protection. Mechanical designs included fueling systems including pumps, valves, custody metering, piping, bonding and grounding of the fuel system, fire protection, potable and storm water, and vapor recovery. Piping was routed on and from the pier to a demarcation point for connection to the existing piping on the causeway. Emergency Eyewash/showers were also included for safety in accordance with ANSI Z358.1. Bollards and containment around all ship loading/off-loading connections were included in accordance with UFC 3-460-01 to provide for containment of any spills. An API oil separator was designed for installation on the causeway.