Source Logistics Cluster
Theme Coordination, Air Transport, Overland Transport, Sea and Rivers Transport, Other
Countries Philippines
Document type Situation Update
Publication date 29/11/2013

Sea Transport

  • The Logistics Cluster has begun planning for the use of the Australian Military’s HMAS Tebruk, a Landing Ship Heavy (LSH) able to launch helicopters for the transportation of relief items to Bantayan and smaller surrounding islands.

Air Transport

  • The Logistics Emergency Team (LET) has been activated to provide support at the airports of Tacloban and Guiuan following the demobilisation of US Military Forces previously assisting humanitarian operations with handling and by providing heavy equipment. Support with continue to be provided by LET representatives who will offer handling and inventory assistance, as well as provide forklifts.
  • Cebu airport is no longer congested in terms of the movement of humanitarian relief items; any remaining items are being processed for delivery.

Surface Transport

  • The Logistics Cluster will facilitate the offloading and labour related to all inter-agency cargo arriving by sea or air in Tacloban in order to streamline operations and avoid congestion. Onward transport will also be provided to the Palo Hub for goods destined for storage.
  • Over the past week, the Logistics Cluster has facilitated the provision of 21 trucks for UNHCR and 7 for UNICEF in order to help clear cargo from the port (all cargo now is cleared from port). The trucks provided to UNHCR will also assist with onward distribution of their cargo.


  • The Logistics Cluster in Guiuan anticipates an increase in inter-agency storage requirements, and is looking to augment its existing two Mobile Storage Units (MSUs).

Infrastructure & Assessments

  • 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


  • A Logistics Cluster coordinator has been deployed to Roxas. A Logistics Cluster Coordination Meeting is tentatively scheduled for 30 November.