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It's all about providing the best service to our
-- CMDR John Metzl, Supply Officer in HMAS Success
TO COMPLY with
Organisation (IMO) require-
ments for bulk fuel tankers,
HMAS Success underwent a double
hulling conversion conducted by ST
Marine at Tuas, Singapore.
Although Australian companies
were invited to tender, this was not
a common conversion and it was
deemed prudent to award the contract
to a company with extensive experi-
ence in this type of engineering work.
ST Marine was able to deliver an on-
time conversion at a competitive cost,
allowing Success the ability to re-enter
the operational fleet once programmed
maintenance in Australia has been
So what has changed? For the
double hulling to be affected, struc-
tural modifications to existing cargo
fuel tanks (double hulling) has been
completed, a ballast cargo system has
been installed, as well as installation
of a fire suppression system, cargo
overflow system upgrade, cargo tank
venting system upgrade, cargo control
and tank level monitoring system.
Closing off port and starboard
storage tanks, which previously car-
ried fuel for replenishment, along
with installing a second bottom in the
centreline tanks, has reduced fuel-
carrying capacity for replenishment.
Whereas previously Success was
unable to deliver her full tank capacity
of fuel in a replenishment at sea (RAS)
situation, the new configuration will
effectively allow the ship to empty her
Success' Commanding Officer
CMDR Ainsley Morthorpe says the
ship no longer has to hold on to a sig-
nificant amount of fuel in her cargo
tanks as ballast to ensure stability.
"That means we will be carrying
fresher fuel as we turn over our entire
fuel cargo, rather than introducing new
fuel to old as was the case," he says.
Depending on the cargo combina-
tion of F76 (marine fuel) and F44
(aviation fuel), Success will be able to
conduct up to a dozen typical Anzac-
class frigate refuellings in her new
But Success is much more than a
refuelling station afloat. Although car-
rying fuel for both aviation and mari-
time requirements is a core capability,
her RAS function extends to many
more aspects of stores. Depending
on operational requirements, Success
also transports consigned cargo.
This includes items of supply pre-
positioned on one platform, owned by
another platform and transferred as
Generally, Success will carry cargo
for ships proceeding in company.
However, the ship can accept cargo for
other agencies as opportunities arise.
Success' Supply Officer, CMDR
John Metzl, says there are many differ-
ent types of stores items that are com-
monly carried as consigned cargo.
"They may be subject to dangerous
goods classifications or require special
attention because of compatibility
issues with other cargo," he says.
As a general rule, Success will
carry cargo for ships proceeding on
deployment, operation, mission or
while in company. Cargo normally
comprises naval stores, provisions,
canteen stocks, weapons and ammuni-
tion. Using designated cargo com-
partments, total capacity for all types
of solid cargo is 1068 cubic metres.
Solid cargo refers to all things that are
not fuel, oil and water.
According to CMDR Metzl, if
there is a requirement to increase stow-
age beyond the designed capacity, the
Supply Department can arrange to
place additional pallets on the RAS
decks, flight deck, winch deck and in
Success also carries a Cargo
Allowance List (CAL), which provides
a flexible method of obtaining cargo
for units operating in company with
the ship. Acting much like a floating
supermarket, this facility allows cus-
tomer units to order basic naval stores
items carried by Success.
The CAL includes common items
such as cleaning gear, laundry liquid,
New lease of life
HMAS Success has completed her International
Maritime Organisation double hulling conversion
after five months in Singapore. On June 3
she returned to Fleet Base East. You might be
wondering what services Success can now
provide. LEUT Darren Mallett takes a look.
bedding and some articles of clothing.
These items are available for transfer
at all times, including alongside Fleet
Base East, providing a handy source
for those forgotten items of cleaning
gear and hard-to-get clothing.
The team in Success is about to
conduct a thorough review of the
CAL, following the introduction of
commercial off-the-shelf and materiel
consumption management initiatives
to ensure that customers' needs are
serviced in the most economical and
"We are considering the idea of
having a baseline CAL, then augment-
ing the list with mission-specific items
for ships Success is in company with,"
CMDR Metzl says.
"It's all about providing the best
service to our customers."
For the time being, the established
practice will continue. Success will
continue to issue the current CAL held
on a weekly basis to units in company.
The customer unit reviews the CAL
for stores items that are available
for transfer, signals requirements to
Success and liaises with their OPSO
to identify the best opportunity for
To ensure ships in company have
the most up-to-date CAL, they are
given a list of items held upon sailing,
and an updated list is forwarded peri-
odically during deployment. For units
alongside, these procedures may be
relaxed to facilitate a quick transfer.
Success' methods of delivery
include Vertrep, heavy Jackstay and
direct transfer alongside. Her on-board
crane has an eight-tonne capacity.
When deployed, the first preference
is to transfer stores at sea, either by
Vertrep or Jackstay. Transfer alongside
in foreign ports is not preferred, due
to problems with Customs in some
Further information and procedures are
available in the Success RAS guide, which
can be provided upon request. The RAS
guide contains all the information needed
to plan consigned cargo requirements,
points of contact, signal formats and pro-
cedures. For any additional information,
the Success Supply team is only too happy
to assist. Email CMDR Metzl at john.
Pepper finds his sea legs
Newly promoted AB
Pepper the Penguin
joined the crew of
HMAS Success for
the journey home
to Sydney from
Singapore. By all
reports, he had a
great time aboard
Photos: ABIS Evan Murphy
HMAS Success' Supply
Department. Inset left,
SBLT Michelle Orr
(right) and CMDR John
Metzl talk to LSHSO
Sandra Purnell from
Cairns Ports Services
during Success' Cairns
visit while, inset right,
ABMT Daniel Power
brings technical equip-
Photos: ABIS Evan Murphy
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