Energy at MSC: Fleet Energy Training Forum

Military Sealift Command participated in a Fleet Energy Training Forum yesterday, hosted by U.S. Fleet Forces Command, at Naval Station Norfolk. During the forum, MSC accepted two Secretary of the Navy energy and water managment awards for USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) and USNS Grapple (T-ARS 53).

A reception co-hosted by Commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic and Military Sealift Command aboard USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) showcased energy conservation initiatives being implemented on the T-AKE class and other Navy logistics ships. The following blog is written by the MSC Energy Conservation Team, and highlights how MSC’s ENCON program is also supporting energy conservation through training: 

NORFOLK, Va. (March 25, 2014) Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment), Dennis McGinn and commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Adm. Bill Gortney present Combat Logistics Force Program Manager Jim George with the Secretary of the Navy 2013 energy and water management award for USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) during a one-day Energy Training Forum for 400 operational leaders, March 25, 2014, on Naval Station Norfolk.  The goal of the training was to increase awareness of the need to reduce energy consumption throughout the fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan E. Donnelly/Released)

NORFOLK, Va. (March 25, 2014) Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment), Dennis McGinn and commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Adm. Bill Gortney present Combat Logistics Force Program Manager Jim George with the Secretary of the Navy 2013 energy and water management award for USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5) during a one-day Energy Training Forum for 400 operational leaders, March 25, 2014, on Naval Station Norfolk. The goal of the training was to increase awareness of the need to reduce energy consumption throughout the fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Jonathan E. Donnelly)

MSC has always had a fiscally conservative culture, but one way that we are improving the cost-effectiveness of our operations is by improving shipboard energy efficiency. In addition to new technologies, a big part of saving energy in the fleet is providing the training necessary to enable mariners to operate their vessels with improved energy efficiency.

Fleet Energy Training: MSC has contributed to two recent Fleet Energy Training activities focusing on energy efficiency as an enabler for improved fleet operational effectiveness. The inaugural Fleet Energy Training Event at Naval Base San Diego was held Feb. 11, and highlighted the latest developments the Navy is pursuing based on the Secretary of the Navy’s energy goals. Our MSC representatives discussed energy training that helps mariners and Sailors learn and apply best energy practices, and provided an overview of the ENCON program. We also focused on operational and culture change initiatives currently under development, as well as those that are already in place.

NORFOLK, Va. (March 25, 2014) McGinn and Gortney present Edward Shanley, assistant supervisor (project engineer) for rescue and salvage ships with the Secretary of the Navy 2013 energy and water management award for USNS Grapple (T-ARS 53). (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Jonathan E. Donnelly)

NORFOLK, Va. (March 25, 2014) McGinn and Gortney present Edward Shanley, assistant supervisor (project engineer) for rescue and salvage ships with the Secretary of the Navy 2013 energy and water management award for USNS Grapple (T-ARS 53). (U.S. Navy photo by MC2 Jonathan E. Donnelly)

CMEO Training: MSC’s Civilian Mariner Engineering Officer (CMEO) training program offers monthly training courses that cover technical issues relating to ship operation and maintenance. Separate courses are tailored for shipboard engineering officers – both senior and junior level – deck officers, and shoreside engineering staff and port engineers.

Each course is a week long.

Recently, an operational energy training segment was added to the CMEO course. The two-hour segment addresses regulatory requirements, the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP), operating energy cost awareness, hands-on strategies and techniques for improving shipboard operating energy efficiency, and maintenance issues contributing to operating energy efficiency. Instructors presented the new segment for the first time Feb 28. CMEO class schedules and registration are available at http://cmeo.msc.emprisecorporation.com.

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