Joint team effort quickly offloads Pacific Pathways’ vessel

| November 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Photos by 599th Transporation Brigade Public Affairs 836th Trans. Bn. deployment and distribution management team members check shipping labels on a container after it is offloaded from the vessel Clipper Makiri, Saturday.

Photos by 599th Transporation Brigade Public Affairs
836th Trans. Bn. deployment and distribution management team members check shipping labels on a container after it is offloaded from the vessel Clipper Makiri, Saturday.

Donna Klapakis
599th Transportation Brigade Public Affairs

 

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — The 599th Transportation Brigade again teamed up with the 836th Trans. Battalion, the Guam Detachment, Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor (FLC-PH) and the 25th Infantry Division for Pacific Pathways port operations in Hawaii, Nov. 21-22.

The vessel, the Clipper Makiri, came to Pearl Harbor from Shiraoi, Japan, following the last exercise in the Pacific Pathways 2014 operation, Orient Shield.

After the vessel offloaded a few pieces of cargo at one Pearl Harbor pier, Nov. 21, it sailed to the FLC-PH pier for unlashing the main part of the cargo that afternoon, followed by discharge Nov. 22.

The 836th Trans. Bn., the 599th’s subordinate battalion in Yokohama North Dock, Japan, supported the operation with a deployment and distribution management team (DDMT) comprised of its own members and those from its Guam Detachment.

Marjorie Perez, Guam Detachment traffic management specialist, discusses an item on a container shipping label with Maj. Shannon Johnson, executive officer, 836th Tran. Bn., after offloading at Pearl Harbor, Saturday.

Marjorie Perez, Guam Detachment traffic management specialist, discusses an item on a container shipping label with Maj. Shannon Johnson, executive officer, 836th Tran. Bn., after offloading at Pearl Harbor, Saturday.

“We spent Nov. 20 in classroom work. Because we had the manifest, it was easy to envision what the ship would look like and where cargo would be stowed when it came in,” said Maj. Shannon Johnson, 836th Trans. Bn. executive officer and DDMT team chief.

Marjorie “Margie” Perez, the Guam Detachment’s traffic management specialist for cargo booking, taught the class Nov. 20.

“We were able to train this time on the hand scanners, so now they are able to work offline with the deployable cargo documentation computer system, rather than relying on a hand tally,” Perez said.

This is the sixth Pacific Pathways move the 836th Trans. Bn. has supported during the operation’s 2014 iteration. The battalion first sent a DDMT to Hawaii in July, then worked uploads and offloads through Malaysia and Japan before returning for this last port operation.

The ship’s captain, Maxim Karyakin, said it was his first time to work for the Military Sealift Command and Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC). He took over the vessel in Indonesia as part of the regular crew and officer rotation.

“The Soldiers and others facilitating the moves in the Far East were very well organized and cooperative. They were a big help with the stowage plans and loading,” Karyakin said.

Because both of the discharge operations were at Pearl Harbor piers, the 599th’s DDMT played a supporting role to FLC-PH in the offload, Johnson said.

Frank Viray, 599th traffic management specialist, was on hand to facilitate the move on behalf of the brigade headquarters operations staff.

“Overall, the mission went very well. FLC-Pearl Harbor and SDDC had good and close coordination. The stevedores and Soldiers also did well in their unloading,” he said.

Viray said the discharge was finished by 5:30 p.m., Nov. 22.

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