Source Logistics Cluster
Theme Coordination, Air Transport, Overland Transport, Sea and Rivers Transport, Other
Countries Philippines
Document type Situation Update
Publication date 28/11/2013

Operations Update

  • Over 1,300 mt /3,600 m3 of inter-agency cargo has been dispatched to Tacloban by the Logistics Cluster via sea, air and road transport on behalf of 13 humanitarian organisations, including UNHCR, UNICEF, Save the Children, Samaritan’s Purse and WHO.

Sea Transport

  • The Logistics Cluster is facilitating the consolidation of humanitarian cargo on the WFP-contracted MV Super Shuttle Ro-Ro 5, currently being loaded for its second rotation. So far, 220 MT of mixed commodities from ACTED, Medair, Concern, UNICEF, IFRC and UNFPA, is on board. The ship is expected to load approximately every five days in Cebu, with a 30-hour transit time from Cebu to Tacloban.
  • Commercial shipping capacity has been identified to reach the area of Ormoc. Three routes are offered from Cebu to Ormoc and one to Hilongos, which is 2.5 hours by road to Ormoc.

Air Transport

  • The Logistics Cluster facilitated the movement of 51 MT or 145 m3 of relief items for UNICEF, CSR, Solidarites, Relief International, MSF, ESF, WFP and THW ex Cebu to Tacloban, Roxas and Guiuan on Military aircraft from the United Kingdom, South Korean, Australia and New Zealand. This included items such as medicine, medical equipment, WASH items, Portable hospital, tarpaulin, buckets, blankets, electronic / IT equipment, RUTF, a forklift, and pallets.
  • The Logistics Cluster is coordinating with partners in Cebu for Sea Transport, to be provided by the Australian Navy, ex-Cebu to the Eastern Visayas/North Cebu Island area to deliver relief supplies.
  • From the beginning of the UNHAS operation on 17 November until 26 November, UNAHS has:
    • transported 292 humanitarian passengers
    • transported 2.49 MT of light humanitarian cargo
    • executed 70 flights to nine locations

Road Transport

  • In Tacloban, the Logistics Cluster is augmenting the trucking capacity of organizations as required to speed up deliveries of priority relief cargo including Shelter and WASH items. This includes the provision of 21 trucks (20 to 25 MT capacity) to UNHCR over the last three days to help clear cargo from the port and assist in distributing the cargo. Seven trucks were also provided to UNICEF to assist with offloading from the vessel.
  • The Logistics Cluster in Tacloban remains ready to step up and assist any humanitarian organization facing difficulties with trucking capacity.
  • Five 10MT trucks are being sent from Tacloban to support Guiuan operations.


  • In addition to the Mobile Storage Units (MSUs) available at the airport, another 5 MSUs are now available for inter- agency storage at the Palo MSU compound. Organisations are setting up their own MSUs. One ACF MSU has been assembled and made operational (28x10) and five Danish Red Cross MSUs and two IRFC MSUs are to be assembled.
  • The erection of a second MSU (10mx28m) at Guiuan airport was completed. This MSU will be utilized for inter-agency storage.
  • The Logistics Cluster is facilitating the storage of NFIs in Roxas on behalf of Welthungerhilfe, IRC and Save the Children. These Non-Food Items (NFIs) include: shelter materials, tarpaulins, water kits and jerry cans.

Infrastructure & Assessments

  • Offloading and labour is provided for all inter-agency cargo arriving by sea or air in Tacloban through the Logistics Cluster in order to streamline operations and avoid congestion.
  • There is currently no lack of available commercial overland transport in Tacloban and Cebu. A list of local transporters has been provided for both locations on the Logistics Cluster website

Gaps & Constraints

  • There is currently little capacity on the tarmac at Ormoc airport and nothing to cover the cargo to ensure protection from the rain. All goods coming in by air must be moved on as soon as possible.