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MTMC provides loading expertise to Bulgarian Army shipment bound for Southwest Asia.

Military support from Bulgaria to the American military in Southwest Asia got a helping hand from the Military Traffic Management Command.

The two of us, from the Piraeus, Greece, detachment of the 839th Transportation Battalion, Livorno, Italy, provided assistance to the Bulgarian Army loading equipment on a Roll-on/ Roll-off vessel at Burgas, on the Black Sea.

On top of that, this was one of the first movements in recent years of the Bulgarian Army overseas.

The loading took place July 31-Aug. 1 aboard the Strofades i1, a Greek Flag vessel.

As to the discharge, the Bulgarian Army was responsible for the transportation, staging and loading of all cargo from the dock onto the vessel. Cargo consisted of 204 pieces of rolling stock and 36 containers.

MTMC personnel participating in the loading included Theofanis Skepetaris and Spyros Vogiatzis.

In accordance with the stow plan and unique ship characteristics, we loaded all light vehicles and personnel carriers with the heavier pieces being loaded at the end. The following day, the vessel was moved to the container-loading zone where the rest of the cargo was loaded.

Loading was completed by late afternoon of Aug. 1. The vessel departed port later that evening.

The mission was very rewarding because it provided a great opportunity to work with Bulgarian Army personnel and see their unique equipment. The operation was a complete success; all equipment was loaded safely and without delay.

It was a successful first for the Military Traffic Management Command. The mission was safely completed without incident. The Bulgarian Army General Staff was very pleased with the support and information they received from our organization.

Our work was all the more successful because of coordination meetings in late July with the vessel owner, ship agent and Bulgarian Army representatives, in which all vessel-loading details were reviewed and finalized.

Christopher Koulouvaris, Terminal Director & Theofanis Skepetaris, Transportation Specialist, MTMC Greece Detachment
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Date:Sep 22, 2003
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