TOWARDS A POLICY ON CONTAINERIZATION IN THE CF

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Authors
  1. Provencher, M.
  2. Yip, H.
Corporate Authors
Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Directorate of Logistics Analysis
Abstract
This paper examines the difficulties with using sea containers (S/C) in support of the Canadian Forces (CF) operations. After-Action reports from United Nations (UN) operations and discussions with key groups involved with containerization revealed the following problems: the CF own inappropriate container handling and transportation systems, there is no central control unit for sea containers, and there are difficulties with locating sea containers and items within sea containers. Analyses suggest that 3 Canadian Support Group (3 CSG) is a good candidate for controlling S/C. All future acquisitions of container handling and transportation systems should be compatible with what other North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces use (and restricted to Twenty-foot-Equivalent Unit, TEU). Bar coding each item and utilization of the National Material Distribution System (NMDS) can improve the visibility of containerized material. Data from past UN operations shows that a reserve of 300 TEU S/C was sufficient for rapid deployment of a single operation. The study then indicates that with continuing UN involvement, the CF should own those S/C. Thus the remaining inventory of S/C at 3 CSG should be certified. This study provides a basis for a future policy on contamination.
Keywords
Sea containers;Total asset visibility;Identification and control
Report Number
ORA-PR-707 — Project Report
Date of publication
31 Mar 1995
Number of Pages
34
DSTKIM No
95-02066
CANDIS No
151072
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Document Image stored on Optical Disk;Hardcopy

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