PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- 599th Transportation Brigade personnel monitored discharge of U.S. Marine Corps’ ammunition and equipment from Young Brothers’ barge Kukahi returning from Pohakuloa Training Area at West Loch here May 9.
Traffic management specialist Jimmy Quilon and transportation specialist Marco Arboleda were on hand to ensure everything went smoothly and all specifications for the move were met according to the contract .
“We knew about this operation for a couple of weeks,” said Arboleda “This was a normal offload of ammunition that was left over from the Marines’ rotation to PTA. It was just a small barge with nine pieces of equipment, five trucks and four trailers.
“Young Brothers’ stevedores hooked up the trucks to the trailers and drove everything off the barge, and then the Marines moved everything off the port to the ammo point at West Loch,” he added.
“This was 3rd Marine Division’s infantry, artillery and logistics’ equipment: the same group whose main shipment had come back from Pohakuloa into Young Brothers’ piers on May 2,” said Quilon. “Ammunition can’t come into Honolulu Harbor, so it had to be shipped separately.”
“Once the barge docked, everything was fast,” said Quilon.
“It was a good move. There were no discrepancies and no damage,” said Arboleda.
Although everything came off of the barge without a hitch, there was a delay in the start of the mission.
“We got there at 6:30 a.m., but there was a mix up in paperwork, so the barge couldn’t come into the harbor. It didn’t get to West Loch until 11:30 a.m.,” said Quilon.
“They used three Young Brothers’ forklifts, and were able to make U-turns on the barge to bring everything off safely,” he added.
The barge docked at 11:30 a.m. Stevedores had everything offloaded, and the Marines had cleared all of the equipment off the port by 12:30 p.m., said Arboleda.