Accession Number : ADA264488


Title :   Container Management During Desert Shield/Storm: An Analysis and Critique of Lessons Learned


Descriptive Note : Study project


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Hall, Clark ; Bernhard, Vincent


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a264488.pdf


Report Date : 15 Apr 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 53


Abstract : From the earliest days of ocean commerce until the early 1960s, the method of loading and accounting for cargo aboard ships changed very little-- cargo was lifted aboard one piece at a time and manually documented. With the innovation of the shipping container, transportation efficiency vastly improved. Rapid loading and automated documentation were two of the reasons for the increased efficiency. For a variety of reasons, the military has lagged behind the commercial transportation industry in the use of containers. As a result, the military lacks a viable method of determining container content using documentation alone. This inability to determine container content was demonstrated in the port of Dammam during Desert Shield/Storm. Of the 40,000 containers in the port, 25,000 required opening to determine their contents.


Descriptors :   *LOGISTICS SUPPORT , *SHIPPING CONTAINERS , TRANSPORTATION , SHIPS , INDUSTRIES , COMMERCE , LESSONS LEARNED , SHIPPING , OPENINGS , CARGO HANDLING , ACCOUNTING , EFFICIENCY , TIME , CONTAINERS , OCEANS , ARMY OPERATIONS


Subject Categories : Containers and Packaging
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE