In early January of 2003, Sullivan’s subsidiary, Pacific Treatment Environmental Services (PTES), designed and built an approximately 150 foot long section of rock sea wall to prevent erosion and undermining of the containment area for four lube oil tanks located at the FISC Point Loma Facility. Lube oil, diesel fuel marine, and aviation fuel are brought to FISC Point Loma by ocean vessels, truck, and underground fuel transmission lines and are stored in both above ground and underground tanks. The floor of the containment area for these tanks and two of the tank pads is composed largely of asphalt, with small amounts of concrete. One edge of the containment area is located less than 20 feet from the mean tide line of San Diego Bay. The containment area is partially protected by two sections of "Rip-Rap" sea wall composed primarily of large blue granite boulders and rocks. An approximately 150 linear foot gap existed in the sea wall which leaves a 50 linear foot wall and corner section of the containment area exposed to erosion and undermining from tidal action. The gap in the seawall was previously filled with dirt, sand, and debris.
Jim Bowen, Sr. Project Manager for this project, coordinated several crews in order to meet the FISC’s timeline. “I really enjoyed this project because we were able to be involved from the very beginning; engineering this to not only meet the clients specifications, but having the ability to provide insight on how to extend the life of the product or reduce costs is much easier when you are contracted for the entire “design build process” Jim said. The newly built sea wall resolved the erosion issues as well as potential for contamination of San Diego Bay due to tank spills. Pacific treatment is no stranger on the waterfront; they have been performing environmental and construction work for the U.S. Navy and the Port of San Diego for the past ten years.