22 November 2017

humanitarian logistics, humanitarian cargo transportation, logistics coordination,

As the all air, sea and land entry points to Yemen were declared temporally closed on 6 November, the humanitarian community voiced concern over the consequences for the already strained population.

This closure, in fact, affected not only the commercial activities, but also the movement of humanitarian staff and cargo, including any transport facilitated by the Logistics Cluster.

After ten days, some sea ports and airports were re-opened in southern Yemen, allowing humanitarian flights to land in Aden and the VOS Apollo voyages to resume; however, to this day, the north of the country, including Sana’a... READ MORE

20 November 2017

humanitarian coordination, training

The Logistics Cluster organized a port and shipping training in Beirut on 3 and 4 October. Since a large part of the relief items for the Whole of Syria response arrive by sea, professional skills in receiving and handling cargo at ports is critical. The Logistics Cluster addressed these needs of humanitarian organisations by providing training to over 30 participants from 16 international organisations and UN agencies being active in Turkey, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

The training, that was conducted in English, focused on basic concepts of shipping, port operations and cargo handling. Furthermore, participants received an... READ MORE

08 November 2017

From 24 to 27 October, the Logistics Cluster, in collaboration with WFP GIS and WFP Emergency Preparedness and with the support of Madagascar Country Office, conducted a Logistics Preparedness Response Planning Exercise in Antananarivo, bringing together organisations across sectors. The three-day response planning exercise included three different emergency scenarios, namely two cyclones and one plague outbreak.

Twenty-seven participants from ten organisations, including the Government of Madagascar Malagasy Red Cross, Private Sector Humanitarian Platform Madagascar, Institu Pasteur and ECHO, took part to the exercise. Participants, divided in three groups, assessed national capacities and the potential scale and impact of a disaster, outlining supply chain... READ MORE

07 November 2017

The continuous influx of Rohingya from Myanmar into Bangladesh has produced 607,000 refugees in Cox’s Bazar . The humanitarian community has mobilised to provide care to the displaced and to support the government in its effort to accommodate immediate needs and longer-term assistance.

Storage being key to sustain the large amount of relief items necessary for the humanitarian response has been identified by the Logistics Sector as a crucial area for assistance in Bangladesh. The Sector has therefore established a logistics hub with 16 Mobile Storage Units (MSUs) that will be providing common storage for up to 6,400 m3.

In addition, to ensure continuity of operations in the long-term, the... READ MORE

03 November 2017

Logistics Preparedness in the Pacific

When a disaster strikes, people everywhere are keen to assist, but the wrong donation at the wrong time can actually hinder instead of help relief efforts.

After Tropical Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu in March 2015, 77 containers of Unsolicited Bilateral Donations (UBDs) arrived in the country. More than two years on, 10 containers remain, accumulating US$2.5 million in storage, handling and container rental fees. To give some perspective - this money would be enough to purchase 29,700 kitchen sets, 41,600 tarpaulins and 25,000 shelter kits, as well as 45,880,000 litres of locally-sourced water.

This month the 2017-18 cyclone season commences, and... READ MORE