Information Regarding Gas Shortage
Published May 12, 2021
Newport News Shipbuilding is closely monitoring the Colonial Pipeline shutdown and its impact on gasoline supplies in Virginia and North Carolina. Governors of both states have issued a state of emergency, and NNS is actively preparing our response plan to ensure minimal impact to our operations.
The company is in constant contact with state leaders who have advised us that fuel supply and distribution should be back to normal by Friday. We recognize there are still concerns from employees about gasoline availability locally, and we are implementing the following changes to minimize fuel consumption:
- Supervisors have been asked to allow employees who are able to work from home to do so until this issue resolves, which could be into next week. Working from home helps preserve gas for those who don’t have the option to work remotely.
- For NNS employees required to work onsite, ridesharing is highly encouraged. Beginning on first shift Thursday, May 13, NNS will offer premium parking for any vehicle displaying an NNS hangtag with three or more riders in the following parking lots. These parking areas will be clearly marked with group rider signage and NNS Security will provide enforcement during the first two hours of each shift. After that, they will be open to any vehicle with a Zone A hangtag.
- North Yard (between van and handicap spaces near the ATM machine)
- Lot at 50th Street Gate (between 49th and 50th streets)
- Lot between 43rd and 44th Street at Washington Avenue
- In front of Bldg. 520 (41st Street and Washington Avenue)
- NNS shuttle service between 1:30 a.m. and 5 a.m., as well as buses to the NNS Vaccination Site, will be suspended immediately. Employees impacted by these changes who need transportation services should call NNS Taxi Services at (757) 846-7730. Employees traveling during work shifts are encouraged to minimize fuel consumption by walking or biking.
- Non-essential business travel should be postponed through May 14 as we evaluate nationwide fuel shortage impacts. As a reminder, all business travel currently requires vice president approval.
We will continue to provide updates on this evolving situation and appreciate your flexibility.