24 Feb 2010 Logistics Cluster: fees for cargo at PaP airport

At PaP airport, the humanitarian cargo village will close at the end of this week and cargo left at the airport will be subject to charges. There might be a shortage as well of bonded warehousing and holding areas, as of handling equipment. The Logistics Cluster has begun investigating into what handlers exist and what capacity they have. Cargo that has been cleared by customs can be stored temporarily by the Logistics Cluster pending onward transport. Read more…

Pipeline information

All organizations operating in the Haiti Earthquake response have been asked to provide their pipeline information to the Logistics Cluster so an overview of assistance can be made available to the humanitarian community, the government and donors. This should be forwarded to Global.LogisticsCluster@wfp.org  

All humanitarian partners, including donors and recipient agencies, are encouraged to inform FTS of cash and in-kind contributions by sending an email to: fts@reliefweb.int  

Fuel acquisition

If  you are an NGO in the earthquake area you can get FREE diesel fuel for your generators.   It is only for generators that are being used for the good of many people (i.e clinics, orphanges etc).  Will give 20-30 gallons at a time. Contact: Ted Honcharik, Chairman of Fuel Relief Fund, Phone: 951 233 0283 thoncharik@fuelrelieffund.org  

Role of the Logistics Cluster

Based on Humanitarian Country Team priorities it is the role of the Logistics Cluster to coordinate the use of all available transport assets and services to meet the greatest needs of the population as fast as possible. 

In order to do this, two civil-military liaison officers have been deployed by the World Food Plan, as the Logistics Cluster lead, to liaise with MINUSTAH and international entities in Port-au-Prince and in Miami.

In addition, aviation and logistics officers are available to advise on appropriate means of transport.

The goal is to channel requests from the Humanitarian Community through the Logistics Cluster to establish systems for the most efficient use of military and common logistics resources, including air, land and sea transport, to meet these priorities.

Dominican Republic Logistics Cluster Cell

The DR Logistics Cluster Cell in Santo Domingo is fully activated and able to receive cargo at the airport, store it and transport it to Port-au-Prince. The Logistics Cluster Cell also coordinates convoys with MINUSTAH for escorts from Jimani border to Port-au-Prince.

 The Air Bridge operates by air transport. They do not provide trucking from the harbour to the airport.

 The primary focal point for these operations is the Logistics Cluster cell in Santo Domingo – contact logcluster.sdq@wfp.org

All organisations planning to ship cargo to Haiti through the Dominican Republic should maintain a staff presence in the Dominican Republic if they are planning medium to large scale operations in Haiti.

Civil-Military liaison


  • To establish direct lines of communication and tasking procedures for US military assets through USAID/OFDA;
  • To create a coordination platform between WFP, the US Air Force and MINUSTAH to facilitate the arrival of incoming humanitarian flights;
  • To set up ground logistics at Port-au-Prince airport for unloading and onward movement of humanitarian cargo.


There is ongoing daily coordination between the Logistics Cluster, USAID/OFDA, the US Military and the Canadian Military for the use of assets to deliver humanitarian cargo.

All tasking for the use of these assets is done through the Logistics Cluster, which assesses the best means of transport using military or interagency assets and makes the necessary arrangements.


UPS & US 82nd Airborne collaborate 

Canadian Forces

22 Feb 2010 Globe and Mail, Canadian military assets leaving Haiti: …HMCS Halifax, the navy vessel that was stationed off Jacmel, Haiti, for the last few weeks, and her 220-member crew, departed late last week and are due home March 1, navy Capt. Chris Dickinson, director of current operations, strategic joint staff, said in an interview. He said 1,681 soldiers, sailors and air force are still in Haiti and officials will be careful to ensure their services are replaced by other agencies as they return to Canada… Defence Minister Lawrence Cannon said Canadian Forces personnel are coming home as the emergency phase of international earthquake relief efforts move to longer term assistance programs. Read more…

Jacmel: Operations include the airport and DART medical and engineering activities, supported by HMCS Halifax cruising offshore. Leogane: The primary Joint Task Force Haiti activity in Léogâne is the Role 2 hospital, supported by the 3rd Battalion Royal 22e Régiment Battalion Group (3 R22eR BG) and HMCS Athabaskan cruising offshore. Led by Civil-Military Co-operation (CIMIC) and liaison personnel from the 3 R22eR BG, co-ordination has been established in Léogâne between Joint Task Force Haiti, and local authorities, Canadian whole-of-government partners, and international aid agencies. And see Operation Hestia 

 US Military

26 Feb 2010 US Southern Command 

Commander: US Army Lt. Gen. Ken Keen 

Assets: 12000+ military personnel, 16 ships, 40+ aircraft 

Port ops/rehabilitation: South Pier at Port au Prince: open, receiving 300 shipping containers per day; over the shore assets (big ship to small ship offloads) augment port operations; ongoing repairs to pier by military dive teams. 

Air transport: see Transport page.

Security: Calm. Focus is security for supply and distribution networks. 82nd Airborne watch airport and US Embassy. US Coast Guard watch waters and port. 

Engineering, logisitics and assessments: Evalution of public health, critical infrastructure, long-term nutrition needs. Focus is port, airfields, roads, bridges, electrical grid.  And see Transport page.

Distribution of radios/radio programming: Special Operations Command (SOCOM) purchased and distributed more than 73 000 hand held radios to the Haitian people. Stickers in Creole, with the frequencies on them along with hand bills that demonstrate (with pictures) how to operate the radio are also being distributed with the radios so that Haitians can access the Voice of America about current aid efforts and the location of food/water. 

Medical: 1000 medical personnel on hospital ship USNS Comfort are treating Haitian patients. The ship is equipped with a helicopter deck capable of landing large military helicopters. Comfort’s hospital capabilities include fully-equipped operating rooms, digital radiological services, a medical laboratory, a pharmacy, an optometry lab, a CAT-scan and two oxygen-producing plants. 

Shelter: 82nd Airborne are currently distributing shelters in and around Port au Prince. Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit are operating west of Port au Prince in Leogane, Petit Goave, and Carrefour.



The USAID/DART continues to highlight the critical role of the internationally recognized humanitarian cluster system in coordinating response eforts. The U>N> Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that more than 400 aid agencies are actively operating in the country.

Within the first ten days following the earthquake, OCHA had activated 12 sector-specific clusters. Ten international humanitarian agencies and the GoH are currently serving as lead agencies managing the clusters.

OCHA has also established field coordination offices in Léogâne and Jacmel to facilitate cluster coordination and is considering other field locations depending on identified needs. In addition, the humanitarian community has established six shadow clusters in the Dominican Republic to coordinate support services for Haiti operations.

The USAID/DART notes that representatives from the various GoH line Ministries are participating in and leading some cluster meetings. Most NGOs operating in Haiti are participating in the cluster coordination structure, according to the USAID/DART. USAID/OFDA is also funding a NGO coordination group through the U.S.-based NGO advocacy consortium InterAction to facilitate better communication among NGOs, create linkages and partnerships with local Haitian organizations unfamiliar with the international humanitarian system, and ensure that key NGO issues of concern are heard.



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