Logistics Cluster Somalia famine response situation report - 09 November 2011

from Logistics Cluster
Published on 09 Nov 2011 View Original



 Mogadishu Port has been experiencing delays due to congestion. The majority of the vessels at anchorage are Dhows, but larger vessels are also experiencing delays in berthing (as of 9th November, there are six vessels and eight dhows waiting to berth). The average waiting time is between three to seven days at present.

 In addition, port congestion has increased in the past week at northern Somali ports (Bossaso and Berbera) due to an increase in the livestock trade to accommodate Hajj festivals. As Hajj has been completed, the situation is expected to improve this week.

 Congestion issues in Mombasa Port continue, with delays in berthing and a significant number of vessels at anchorage. An influx of container vessels has increased berthing time. At present, average berthing time varies from five to ten days, depending on the time of arrival and vessel type/size. The main operational bottlenecks include: the overall capacity of the port vs. current humanitarian requirement, an ongoing dispute between the dock workers’ union and port authorities, and a continuing shortage of labor. Intermittent showers in the past week have compounded the delays. Despite these operational constraints, the WFP Mombasa Office handled 9 charter vessels and over 1,000 containers (For a combined total of approximately 120,000 mt of relief cargo) in October. The WFP Mombasa team has also successfully negotiated with the Kenya Port Authority (KPA) to obtain priority berthing whenever possible, including for the Logistics Cluster’s time-chartered vessel.

 The Mombasa-Garsen-Hola-Garissa-Dadaad-Liboi-Dhobley route is currently muddy in parts, and vehicle movement was temporarily blocked last week. The Galkayo-El Berde route was also temporarily blocked last week, however vehicles in both locations are now moving, albeit very slowly..

 Overall, rains have led to deteriorating road conditions with continued slow movement of trucks through main overland routes from Kenya into Somalia.