Source Logistics Cluster
Theme Coordination, Sea and Rivers Transport, Other
Countries Philippines
Document type Situation Update
Publication date 22/11/2013

Sea Transport

  • A commercial operator has been tasked with the management of Tacloban port (including all cargo handling) at the request of the government. New equipment has already arrived including forklifts, reach stackers and trailers. This equipment will be operational in the next two weeks.
  • Shipping into Tacloban port is free for all humanitarian users (excluding labour costs).
  • The congestion between Matnog and Northern Samar has been recently eased with due to the operations of four commercial ferries at Bulan port. These ferries are dedicated to humanitarian operations.
  • Commercial overland transport companies are operating in Tacloban.
  • A dedicated Ro-Ro vessel (2,400MT capacity) has been chartered by WFP for an initial period of one month and will be made available to the humanitarian community for the transportation of relief cargo between Cebu and Tacloban. The vessel is being loaded with relief cargo at Cebu Port and is expected to depart on 22 Nov.



  • The construction of the first three Mobile Storage Units (MSUs) at the Palo Humanitarian MSU Complex is on- going.
  • Space could also be allocated to other humanitarian organisations wishing to erect their own MSUs.

Infrastructure & Assessments

  • Assessments are on-going in Ormoc and Guiuan in order to determine their logistics capacity.

Gaps and Constraints

  • Light congestion and availability of landing slots at Tacloban airport continues to be a constraint.
  • Efficient use of humanitarian and military assets is hindered by the lack of visibility on the humanitarian upstream pipeline.
  • Due to the lack of fuel in Guiuan, the Logistics Cluster facilitated the transport of fuel provided free of charge by Fuel Relief Fund in order to support the humanitarian community.
  • Storage could pose a challenge at Tacloban Port.

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